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Wall (Du Valle) of County Carlow

Wall (Du Valle) of County Carlow

From the time of the Anglo-Normans through until the end of the seventeenth century, a large swathe of land running east of Carlow town in Ireland was held by the Wall family. Much of this property was subsequently subsumed into the estates of the Bunbury and Burton...
John Walsh & the Connaught Rangers

John Walsh & the Connaught Rangers

Often considered the most Irish of regiments in the British army, 'The Devil's Own' excelled from the Peninsula War through to the horrors of the First World War trenches. This story also looks at the career of John Walsh, a sergeant, whose career ended up in disgrace...

The Siege of Castlecuffe, County Laoise

The following was kindly transcribed by Máirtín D’Alton from Seosamh MacCába’s book, ‘Dúthaí Uí Ríagáin’ (Imperial Print, 1967): ‘During the Confederate Wars 1641-49, the O Dunnes of Ui Riagain led by Captain Daniel Dunne (Dónal óg) and Edward Dunne were up in arms...

The Irish at Rorke’s Drift, 1879

‘Usuthu! Usuthu! Usuthu!’ As the Zulu battle cry echoed along the banks of Buffalo River, the 140 British and Irish soldiers encamped within old Jim Rorke’s trading compound watched and waited, their mouths dry, their hearts lurching. Thousands of Zulu warriors were...