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Edward Lear

THERE WAS AN OLD MAN CALLED EDWARD By Turtle Bunbury As he plunged his quill into the inkpot, Edward Lear exhaled contentedly. It might have taken him the best part of fifty years to complete the trip, but the best-selling English nonsense poet had finally made it to...

Brabazon Disney: the Lineage of Jane Disney of Stabannon (nee Brabazon)

BRABAZON DISNEY: THE LINEAGE OF JANE DISNEY OF STABANNON (NEE BRABAZON) FROM LINCOLNSHIRE TO STABANNON ‘Always remember’, urged Walt Disney, ‘that this whole thing started with a dream and a mouse’. From another perspective, it started with Hughes d’Isigny, a French...

Connolly of Dundalk

THE CONNOLLYS OF DUNDALK ORIGIN OF THE CONNOLLY NAME The Connollys, or O’Conghailes, were an ancient Connacht sept who took their name from the Gaelic word ‘con’, meaning ‘hound’, and ‘gal, meaning ‘valour’; hence ‘descendant(s) of the Hound of Valour’. The chief...
John ‘Old Turnip’ McClintock (1769-1855) of Drumcar, County Louth

John ‘Old Turnip’ McClintock (1769-1855) of Drumcar, County Louth

A prominent player in Irish politics during the last years of the Parliament in Dublin, aided by his kinship with John Foster, the last Speaker of the Irish House of Commons and his opposition to the Act of Union, the Brexit of its day. Following the tragic death of...
Rev. Alick McClintock (1775-1836) & the Tithe War

Rev. Alick McClintock (1775-1836) & the Tithe War

Alick – or Alexander – McClintock was the second son of  'Bumper Jack' M'Clintock, of Drumcar, M.P., and his wife Patience (née Foster). In 1831, while serving as Rector of Newtownbarry (now Bunclody) in County Wexford, he became deeply embroiled in the Tithe Wars...