Hermione, Duchess of Leinster (1864-1895)

HERMIONE, DUCHESS OF LEINSTER (1864-1895) Those who knew the Duchess of Leinster best had probably envisioned an early demise. Before she moved to County Kildare in 1884, she was regarded as one of the most beautiful women in Western Europe. But in the ensuing decade,...

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...
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) – A Study in Green

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) – A Study in Green

‘I, an Irishman by extraction, was born in the Scottish capital after two separate lines of Irish wanderers came together under one roof’. So remarked the creator of Sherlock Holmes. His mother was Mary Foley from Lismore with strong roots in Kilkenny; his father...
Daniel O’Connell (1775-1847) – The Liberator

Daniel O’Connell (1775-1847) – The Liberator

An overview of one of the most towering figures in Irish history, a pioneer of pacifism through his monster meetings, and winner of emancipation for the top level of Catholics in Irish society. This story commences with his role in a deadly duel, a fatal event that...

Boyles, Earls of Shannon

BOYLES, EARLS OF SHANNON RICHARD BOYLE, THE GREAT EARL OF CORK The family descend from Richard Boyle, the ‘Great Earl’ of Cork, an entrepreneur from Canterbury who became one of the most powerful figures in Western Europe during the early 17th century. The story of...