Peg Plunkett (Mrs. Leeson) (C. 1740-1797)

PEG PLUNKETT (MRS. LEESON) (C. 1740-1797) VICE-QUEEN OF GEORGIAN DUBLIN Christmas 1794 was a distinctly uncomfortable time for a large number of the well-to-do men who frequented Georgian Dublin. The word was out that Mrs. Leeson, long regarded as the city’s foremost...
Violet Jessop – ‘The Luckiest Woman Afloat’

Violet Jessop – ‘The Luckiest Woman Afloat’

Born in Argentina in 1887, to Irish parents, Violet survived three major maritime disasters while serving on board the White Star liners Titanic, Olympic and Britannic - a record that ensured Violet’s status as the most famous of Titanic’s eighteen stewardess....
Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849) – A Hugely Successful Author

Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849) – A Hugely Successful Author

The story of the author of the critically acclaimed ‘Castle Rackrent’, a comic masterpiece, and her inventive father, and how Maria came to the aid of the people of Longford during the Great Hunger. Unlimited access for €1 a month / €12 a year...

Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore (1829-1892)

PATRICK SARSFIELD GILMORE (1829-1892) NO. 1 BANDMASTER OF THE USA Lafayette Square, New Orleans, 4 March 1864. It started quietly, a lone trumpet perhaps, allowing the 15,000 people seated in the vast half-moon shaped amphitheatre a moment to settle. Another 20,000...

The Swifts of County Westmeath

FOREWORD In January 2012, I set out to fill an ongoing gap in written knowledge as to how the Swifts of Kenagh, Co. Longford (or Streete, Co. Westmeath), were connected to the Swift family of whom Jonathan Swift, the celebrated Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, was a...