A Fatal Friendship – Kevin O’Higgins & Rory O’Connor

A Fatal Friendship – Kevin O’Higgins & Rory O’Connor

In 1921, Rory O’Connor stood as best man when his old friend Kevin O’Higgins married Birdie Cole in Dublin. The friendship would be torn apart with the outbreak of the Irish Civil War, during which O’Higgins gave the order for O’Connor to be...
The Massacre of Mullaghmast

The Massacre of Mullaghmast

In a matter of minutes, the massacre is over. 40 men lie dead, including the chiefs of the Seven Septs of Leix – O’Moore, O’Lalor, O’Kelly, O’Doran, O’Dowling, McEvoy and Devoy – and the chiefs of the O’Dunne,...
A History of Ballyfin House, Co. Laois, Ireland

A History of Ballyfin House, Co. Laois, Ireland

As he lay dying in the winter of 1845, William Pole-Wellesley must have reflected upon the many failures of his life. He had certainly never come close to the success of his younger brother, Arthur, the famous ‘Iron Duke’ of Wellington. In fact, William’s most lasting...
Sir Henry Sidney – Lord Deputy of Ireland (1565-1578)

Sir Henry Sidney – Lord Deputy of Ireland (1565-1578)

Looking at his lengthy service to the Tudors – including his boyhood friendship with Edward VI – and his controversial terms as the Viceroy, or Lord Deputy, of Ireland. Become a member of Turtle’s History Library to access all areas, €12/year...