Honest Tom Steele (1788-1848) – Landlord and Repealer

Honest Tom Steele (1788-1848) – Landlord and Repealer

The annals of Irish history are littered with Protestants of English origin who effectively deserted the flag of their faith and ‘went native’. Few were more unusual than Honest Tom Steele, a graduate of Cambridge, a landed proprietor of Clare, an inventor of diving...
Daniel O’Connell (1775-1847) – The Liberator

Daniel O’Connell (1775-1847) – The Liberator

Bishopscourt, County Kildare, 1815. Daniel O’Connell was only a split-second slower than John D’Esterre. Ordinarily that should have cost the 40-year-old Kerry barrister his life. But D’Esterre pulled his trigger too soon and, to the astonishment of the witnesses, the...