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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 saloons for gold-miners in California. This tale follows the rise and fall of this...
Richard Butler (1794-1862), Vicar of Trim and  Dean of Clonmacnoise

Richard Butler (1794-1862), Vicar of Trim and  Dean of Clonmacnoise

Maria Edgeworth’s sister Harriet married my grandfather’s great-uncle Richard Butler, Rector of Trim and Dean of Clonmacnoise, Described as ‘a handsome man with expressive eyes’, he was born at Granard, County Longford, in 1794. Unlimited access for €1 a month / €12 a...

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

ST. COLUMBA (521-592) – THE MAKING OF A MISSIONARY Even as he ran, Columba knew he was too late. From the entrance to the abbey, he saw the glinting daggers plunge into the young prince’s heart and throat. The boy died quickly, his blood seeping into the green...

The McCarthys of Grange End

THE MCCARTHYS OF GRANGE END ORIGIN OF THE MCCARTHYS The McCarthy’s take their name from Cárthaigh, Lord of the Eoghanacht, who reigned over the Golden Vale of Tipperary in the early 11th century. He claimed descent from Eoghan, one of the two sons of Oilioll Olum, a...

Plunkett of Crickstown

EARLY ORIGINS The Plunkett family has been associated with Royal Meath for at least seven centuries. Although not indigenous to Ireland, the Plunkett name has become distinctly Gaelic over the course of time and there are no Plunketts anywhere in the world who are not...