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

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

My grandfather’s great-uncle Richard Butler, Vicar of Trim and  Dean of Clonmacnoise, married Harriet Edgeworth, a half-sister of Maria Edgeworth, Described as ‘a handsome man with expressive eyes’, he was born at Granard, County Longford, on 14 October 1794. He was...
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...
McCarthy of Buttevant, County Cork, and Grange End, County Meath

McCarthy of Buttevant, County Cork, and Grange End, County Meath

John McCarthy (1838-c.1920) – The Huntsman   John McCarthy, who probably descended from the Duhallow MacCarthys, was born on 23 July 1838 on the Harold-Barry estate at Ballyvonaire, between Buttevant and Doneraile, in County Cork. He was the fourth of seven...

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...