Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864) – Musical Pioneer

Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864) – Musical Pioneer

Stephen Foster was one of America’s best-loved composers in the 19th century, writing more than 200 songs, including his smash hit, ‘Oh! Susanna’, the comic ‘Camptown Races’, the haunting ‘Hard Times Come Again No More’ and the hugely successful ‘Old Folks...
Reflections on Irish Identity, 2024

Reflections on Irish Identity, 2024

Considering the impact of Ireland abroad from Cillian Murphy to St Patrick’s Day to Mick Lynch and the Trade Unions, as well as the historical precedent behind the Biden presidency’s support of the Good Friday agreement and the Irish diaspora around the...
The Life & Death of Ned Kelly

The Life & Death of Ned Kelly

Outlaw, cattle rustler, bank robber, gunman, Ned Kelly’s story epitomises the struggle by first and second generation Irish Catholics to establish themselves in British-run Australia. It’s a story that begins in the Golden Vale of South Tipperary when...

The San Patricios and the Mexican War of 1847

In the winter of 2001, I chanced to stay with friends of friends in the affluent suburb of San Ángel outside Mexico City. It was my first time in Mexico and, at my hosts suggestion, I went for a walk around the neighbourhood. My attention was drawn to a marble...
Johnny Meehan & the Spanish Civil War

Johnny Meehan & the Spanish Civil War

Lopera,  Southern Spain,  28  December  1936. The Irishmen were making their way uphill when the Junker planes reappeared. As they sprinted for the cover of an olive grove, a bullet whizzed into Gerry Doran’s upper arm. Moments later, a chunk of shrapnel slammed into...