Asgard & The Howth Gun-Running, 1914

ASGARD & THE HOWTH GUN-RUNNING, 1914 By Turtle Bunbury Shortly before noon on the hot, blue-skied Sunday morning in July 1914, a white sail floated out from behind Lambay Island and began to nonchalantly make its way towards the small port of Howth. Asgard was on...
Robert Louis Stevenson – Of Wooden Legs & Birthday Gifts

Robert Louis Stevenson – Of Wooden Legs & Birthday Gifts

When Shane Leslie, the Anglo-Irish nationalist politician, was wooing his American wife Marjorie Ide in 1912, he was particularly impressed when she revealed how, during her childhood on the Pacific island of Samoa, Robert Louis Stevenson had read her bedtime stories....

Dr. James Barry (1789-1865): The Man Who Was A Woman

DR. JAMES BARRY (1789-1865): THE MAN WHO WAS A WOMAN London, 25 July 1865. It is unlikely that Sophia Bishop ever experienced a greater surprise. For the previous months, she had been serving as maidservant to Dr. James Barry, a former Inspector General of military...
Charles Joseph Kickham (1828-1882)

Charles Joseph Kickham (1828-1882)

A short account of the 19th century novelist and Fenian pioneer, famed for the poem ‘Slievenamon’, who was born at his mother’s family home in Mocklershill outside Cashel, County Tipperary, with some additional notes on his cousin, Michael Kickham, a...