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Murder in Roscommon – The Assassination of the Rev. John Lloyd, 1847

On Sunday 28 November 1847, the Rev. John Lloyd and his servant were making their way home in a horse-drawn gig from Aughrim Church where he had just preached a sermon. Approximately a mile from his residence at Smith-hill, the assassins struck. [1] Two men armed with...
The Whiteboy Insurrection in Macroom, 1822

The Whiteboy Insurrection in Macroom, 1822

An account of one of the most notorious agrarian secret societies to emerge in the Irish countryside in the Georgian age, who remerged during the war against tithes, arguably the most reviled tax of the early 19th century. Unlimited access for €1 a month / €12 a year...
A Fatal Friendship – Kevin O’Higgins & Rory O’Connor

A Fatal Friendship – Kevin O’Higgins & Rory O’Connor

In 1921, Rory O’Connor stood as best man when his old friend Kevin O'Higgins married Birdie Cole in Dublin. The friendship would be torn apart with the outbreak of the Irish Civil War, during which O'Higgins gave the order for O'Connor to be executed. O'Higgins, the...
Rathsallagh, County Wicklow: A Potted History of 6,000 Years

Rathsallagh, County Wicklow: A Potted History of 6,000 Years

An epic and sweeping saga of Stone Age genius, Normans warriors, Georgia gentlemen and noble revolutionaries in the Wicklow Mountains, homing in on the Ryves, Pennefather and O'Flynn families. Unlimited access for €1 a month / €12 a year...

James Whiteside (1804 – 1876) – Lord Chief Justice in Ireland

JAMES WHITESIDE (1804 – 1876) – LORD CHIEF JUSTICE IN IRELAND James Whiteside was born on 12th Aug 1804 at Delgany in the north Wicklow Mountains, south of Dublin. His father William was a Church of Ireland curate at the time. His brother the Rev. John Whiteside was...