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Sam Maguire & Liam MacCarthy – For Whom the Cups are Named

Sam Maguire & Liam MacCarthy – For Whom the Cups are Named

MacCarthy and Maguire are household names on account of the All-Ireland cups for hurling and football which are named in their honour. But few know just how intricately both men were linked with the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the assassination of Sir Henry Wilson...

Honest Tom Steele (1788-1848) – Landlord and Repealer

Honest Tom Steele (1788-1848) – Landlord and Repealer Born: Derrymore, Co Clare, 3 November 1788. Died: London, 15 June 1848. The annals of Irish history are littered with Protestants of English origin who effectively deserted the flag of their faith and ‘went...

The Gunning Sisters

THE GUNNING SISTERS Croome Park, Worcestershire, October 1761. The dark room stank of death and poison as the Countess of Coventry breathed her last. Her once beautiful porcelain skin was badly pocked and already decaying. It was an astonishingly tragic finale for the...

Sir John Conroy (1786-1854) – Childhood Nemesis of Queen Victoria

SIR JOHN CONROY (1786-1854) – CHILDHOOD NEMESIS OF QUEEN VICTORIA Queen Victoria was the illegitimate daughter of an Irishman. At least that is the sensational claim of A.N. Wilson, one of the most respected historians to specialize in the Victorian Age. Wilson...
Daniel Robertson, an American Architect in Ireland

Daniel Robertson, an American Architect in Ireland

  FAMILY ROOTS Daniel Robertson, the eccentric and prolific architect who built Lisnavagh House (1846-49) near Rathvilly in County Carlow, Ireland, was an American of Scots origin. Lisnavagh was his last commission before his death at Howth, County Dublin, in...