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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...
Garden of Ireland: A Tour of Carlow, Wicklow & Kildare  (2000, Archive)

Garden of Ireland: A Tour of Carlow, Wicklow & Kildare (2000, Archive)

This article was written in the year 2000 for a light-hearted travel website … the places covered in the text are Dublin – Bray – Powerscourt – Kilpeddar – Kilcoole – (Rathnew / Wicklow) – Roundwood – Glendalough – Ashford – Avoca – Shillelagh – Tinahely – Kiltegan –...
The Golden Age of Irish Tennis

The Golden Age of Irish Tennis

During the Golden Age of the 1890s and early 20th century, Ireland’s tennis stars racked up nine Wimbledon titles (4 x men’s, 1 x ladies, 2 x men’s doubles and 2 x mixed double’s) as well as two Olympic Golds, the Australian Open, the US Open and, effectively, the...

The Massacre of Mullaghmast

This article was originally written in 2001 but it has been continually amended since, as I learn more of the events surrounding that darkest of days. The most recent update is June 2019, as per the timeline below. Historical Boffery History is a peculiar sport. Like...
Chesterfield House, Booterstown, Co. Dublin

Chesterfield House, Booterstown, Co. Dublin

WILLIAMSTOWN Chesterfield House is located on Cross Avenue, midway between Booterstown and Blackrock. When the house was first built, it lay in a village, now swallowed up by the city, called Williamstown. Even in 1847, the Parliamentary Gazetteer noted how the...