The Palatines in Ireland

The Palatines in Ireland

While driving into Carlow Town in Ireland along the R726, one’s eyes may well have drifted over a signpost pointing north towards ‘Palatine’ and east towards ‘Sion.’ Given that Carlow also has a place called Jerusalem, you can forgive...
Billy the Kid (1859-1882)

Billy the Kid (1859-1882)

I’ve long marveled at the way so many Wild West gun-slingers had Irish surnames. From the Dalton Gang to Kit Carson and Buffalo Bill Cody, I figured it was small wonder so many Irish kids grew up shouting ‘Geronimo!’ In about 2009, with this in mind,...

Patrick ‘Bob’ Gallagher (1944-1967) – Mayo’s Vietnam Hero

PATRICK ‘BOB’ GALLAGHER (1944-1967) – MAYO’S VIETNAM HERO On 12 March 2018, New York Senator Chuck E Schumer announced that the U.S. Navy will name one of its next destroyers, the Arleigh Burk-class DDG-127, after Marine Corporal Patrick ‘Bob’ Gallagher...