John Walsh & the Connaught Rangers

John Walsh & the Connaught Rangers

From the Field Marshals, Generals and Admirals who conquered the globe right down to the vital Private soldier, the Irish impact upon the British Empire was nothing short of astounding. In the 1830s, a whopping 42% of the British Army was Irish. As Ruth Dudley-Edwards...

Murder in Roscommon – The Assassination of the Rev. John Lloyd, 1847

On Sunday 28 November 1847, the Rev. John Lloyd and his servant were making their way home in a horse-drawn gig from Aughrim Church where he had just preached a sermon. Approximately a mile from his residence at Smith-hill, the assassins struck. [1] Two men armed with...
The Burning of Knockcroghery, 1921

The Burning of Knockcroghery, 1921

The early hours of Tuesday 21 June 1921 were clear in the skies over County Roscommon, save for a few light clouds drifting westwards from Lough Ree that perhaps heralded the coming Summer Solstice. At one o’clock in the morning, most people in Knockcroghery were fast...
Billy the Kid (1859-1882)

Billy the Kid (1859-1882)

I’ve long marveled at the way so many Wild West gun-slingers had Irish surnames. From the Dalton Gang to Kit Carson and Buffalo Bill Cody, I figured it was small wonder so many Irish kids grew up shouting ‘Geronimo!’ In about 2009, with this in mind,...

Patrick ‘Bob’ Gallagher (1944-1967) – Mayo’s Vietnam Hero

PATRICK ‘BOB’ GALLAGHER (1944-1967) – MAYO’S VIETNAM HERO On 12 March 2018, New York Senator Chuck E Schumer announced that the U.S. Navy will name one of its next destroyers, the Arleigh Burk-class DDG-127, after Marine Corporal Patrick ‘Bob’ Gallagher...