Donegal Catch, 2001

Donegal County. Ireland’s Highlands. 120,000 inhabitants. Daniel O’Donnell and Rory Gallagher. Saint Columba and Packie Bonner. Famine workhouses and surf beaches. Donegal Catch and Donegal Tweed. The Four Masters and the Flight of the Earls. “A pleasant rolling sea,...
St. Columba (521-592) – the Making of a Missionary

St. Columba (521-592) – the Making of a Missionary

The story of the feisty Donegal missionary who brought Christianity to Pictish Scotland, after a devastating battle in Ireland, plus Iona’s links to Lindisfarne … and how a court case that he was embroiled in set a useful precedent for anyone advocating...
Stronge of Tynan Abbey, County Armagh

Stronge of Tynan Abbey, County Armagh

The dramatic tale of the Stronge family from their arrival in Ireland on the eve of the siege of Derry through to the brutal murder of Sir Norman Stronge and his son James by the Provisional Irish Republican Army in 1981. ******   The Tynan Estate   Back in...

The Kinnears from Balmerino to Ballybay

THE KINNEARS FROM BALMERINO TO BALLYBAY Arms: Sable, on a bend or, three martlets (or canary birds) vert. Crest: Two anchors, saltier ways, proper. Motto: I live in hope. WHAT’S IN A NAME? There have always been numerous variations to the spelling of the name with de...
Conolly of Castletown House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Conolly of Castletown House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Charting the rise of Speaker Conolly, an innkeeper’s son from Donegal who became the most powerful man of his generation. His magnificent Palladian residence at Castletown House, Celbridge, is one of the Irish nation’s greatest treasures. Also looking at connections...