Den Lane (1923–2023)  Turf Dealer of Glin, County Limerick

Den Lane (1923–2023) Turf Dealer of Glin, County Limerick

‘T’was only the country children would go to school barefoot. You’d never see a town child go barefoot. On 1st October, we’d put the boots on again but our feet were so hard by then that we could nearly walk on glass or thorns. And now I couldn’t even go out to the...
The Palatines in Ireland

The Palatines in Ireland

While driving into Carlow Town in Ireland along the R726, one’s eyes may well have drifted over a signpost pointing north towards ‘Palatine’ and east towards ‘Sion.’ Given that Carlow also has a place called Jerusalem, you can forgive...
Lola Montez and the King of Bavaria

Lola Montez and the King of Bavaria

Lola Montez was one of the most famous dancers in Europe in the 1840s. Her love affair with the King of Bavaria brought him crashing down before she embarked upon a new life running a literary and social salon in California. This tale follows the rise and fall of this...
Mary Spring Rice (1880-1924)

Mary Spring Rice (1880-1924)

One morning in the autumn of 1920, Commandant Sean Finn and members of the West Limerick Brigade of the IRA were lying low at a farmhouse near Foynes, Co. Limerick, when they espied two figures delicately making their way across the fields in their direction. The duo...
Walt Disney’s Leprechaun Hunt

Walt Disney’s Leprechaun Hunt

By the time of his death in 1966, Walt Disney was a household name across the world, having racked up far more Oscars than anyone else in history and established a multi-national company that now has an annual revenue of umpteen zillion, as well as resorts and theme...