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The Brothers Hickey– Renaissance Men of Capel Street

The Brothers Hickey– Renaissance Men of Capel Street

In the 1750s, Noah Hickey ran a sweetshop on Capel Street in Georgian Dublin where he and his wife Anne raised two remarkable sons, John and Thomas. John Hickey, the elder boy, became Edmund Burke’s Favourite Sculptor,  while Thomas was to become one of the finest...
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 saloons for gold-miners in California. This tale follows the rise and fall of this...

John Henry Foley, RA (1818-1874)

JOHN HENRY FOLEY, RA (1818-1874) John Henry Foley was probably the most influential sculptor in Irish history. The Dubliner’s breath-taking equestrian masterpieces strode across city squares and parklands from Dublin to Kolkatta to Virginia. His best-known Irish works...

Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890)

SIR RICHARD BURTON (1821-1890) EXPLORER EXTRAORDINAIRE Sir Richard Francis Burton was one of the most eccentric and brilliant explorers the world has known. During the 19th century, this intrepid scion of Co. Galway discovered Lake Tanganyika, translated the ‘Kama...

The Whishaws: From Rudheath to Russia

THE WHISHAWS: FROM RUDHEATH TO RUSSIA (with sub-chapters on the Henley & Yeames families) This story was commissioned in 2006 as a gift for the Green family of Ballyvolane House, Castlelyons, Co. Cork. The Whishaw Family & the Russian ConnectionUp arrow One of...