Rolling Around the Achill Sound (1999)

Rolling Around the Achill Sound (1999)

Ireland’s largest outlying island is also one of its most magical. Measuring 20 kms from east to west and 18 kms from north to south, Achill Island enjoys a coastline of about 120 kms and supports a community of about 2600 people (2011). If you’ve only got...

Donegal Catch, 2001

Donegal County. Ireland’s Highlands. 120,000 inhabitants. Daniel O’Donnell and Rory Gallagher. Saint Columba and Packie Bonner. Famine workhouses and surf beaches. Donegal Catch and Donegal Tweed. The Four Masters and the Flight of the Earls. “A pleasant rolling...
Carlow Castle: Rise & Fall

Carlow Castle: Rise & Fall

Carlow Castle begins as a safehaven for the chainmail-clad Anglo-Norman invaders who cantered into Ireland on their gigantic Arabian steeds in the late 12th century. In the ensuing shake up of land ownership, much of south east Leinster passed to William Marshal, one...
A Potted History of Ireland (as of June 2020)

A Potted History of Ireland (as of June 2020)

21st century Ireland is a land that astonishes in many ways. A generation ago, few could have foreseen that this island would become one of the more prosperous and liberal nations in Europe? Ireland’s history has been nothing but eventful. Across the country, the...
Alcock & Brown’s Trans-Atlantic Crossing of 1919

Alcock & Brown’s Trans-Atlantic Crossing of 1919

Harry Sullivan twitched his ears. What on earth was that? As he listened, the throaty growl intensified. Was it coming from the sky? The seven-year-old leapt from his bed and ran out onto the streets of Clifden, Co Galway. ‘I was just in time to see this...