William Knox D’Arcy (1849-1917) – The Irish Oil Tycoon

William Knox D’Arcy (1849-1917) – The Irish Oil Tycoon

As he inspected the wells and rigs of his vast oil fields in Persia (Iran), Knox D’Arcy must have marvelled at the manner in which his fortunes had turned again. In 1908, his drilling team discovered the first commercial oil field in the Middle East. World history...

Knox D’Arcy (1849-1917)

KNOX D’ARCY (1849 – 1917) The First Great Oil Tycoon See Turtle’s article on Knox D’Arcy, published in the Irish Daily Mail. Knox D’Arcy (1849-1911) was one of Australia’s greatest entrepreneurs. The only son of an Irish-born...
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...

The Kinnears from Balmerino to Ballybay

THE KINNEARS FROM BALMERINO TO BALLYBAY Arms: Sable, on a bend or, three martlets (or canary birds) vert. Crest: Two anchors, saltier ways, proper. Motto: I live in hope. WHAT’S IN A NAME? There have always been numerous variations to the spelling of the name with de...
Galvin of Ballyporeen, Co. Tipperary & Chile

Galvin of Ballyporeen, Co. Tipperary & Chile

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 family. The old man’s demise was attributed...