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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 Ned's father...

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

68 Irish men and women who died in defence of the Spanish Republic during the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1938. The war ended with victory for Franco, who would remain in power until his death in 1975. This story focuses on Galway-born Johnny Meehan, one of eight...
Nicole Kidman’s Irish Ancestry

Nicole Kidman’s Irish Ancestry

A consideration of Nicole Kidman's connection to the Gallagher or Callachor family of Rathkenny, County Cavan, and George Townsend of the Trevallyn estate in Australia's Hunter Valley. Unlimited access for €1 a month / €12 a year...

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...