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Sir Walter Raleigh in Ireland

Sir Walter Raleigh in Ireland

Sir Walter Raleigh was one of the most one of the most enigmatic adventurers, soldiers, scholars and courtiers to emerge in the Tudor Age. This essay looks at his multiple Irish connections, good and bad. Much of the information was gleaned from an excellent...

The Christmas Truce, 1914 – An Irish Perspective

At 11pm on Christmas Eve, a British sentry in the trenches near Picantin rubbed his eyes and stared out across the narrow No-Man’s Land to the German trenches. Sure enough, clusters of lanterns were rising up all along the German parapets. By the time word of this...

The Irish Munitionettes

29 August 1917, Parkgate Street, Dublin. It was by no means a regular occurrence for John Redmond to be surrounded by hundreds of singing women. There had, of course, been some merriness back in 1914 when he finally managed to get Home Rule Act. But that was before...

Galvin of Ballyporeen, co. Tipperary

THE GALVINS OF BALLYPOREEN, CO. TIPPERARY Many years later, as he lay shivering on his deathbed in the hot, dry Peruvian sun, Frank Galvin must have thought back to the demise of his own father. The death of James Galvin thirty years earlier had almost destroyed the...