O’Donovan Rossa’s Funeral, 1915

O’Donovan Rossa’s Funeral, 1915

  Arguably the most important event for Irish republicanism before the 1916 Rising took place in August 1915, with the funeral in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, of the ‘unrepentant Fenian’ Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, a veteran of the 1867 Rising who had died in a...
Sam Maguire & Liam MacCarthy – For Whom the Cups are Named

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

London, 1909. ‘In the presence of God, I, Michael Collins, do solemnly swear that I will do my utmost to establish the independence of Ireland, and that I will bear true allegiance to the Supreme Council of the Irish Republican Brotherhood’. Amongst those...
Honest Tom Steele (1788-1848) – Landlord and Repealer

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

The annals of Irish history are littered with Protestants of English origin who effectively deserted the flag of their faith and ‘went native’. Few were more unusual than Honest Tom Steele, a graduate of Cambridge, a landed proprietor of Clare, an inventor of diving...
The Life & Death of Kevin Barry (1902-1920)

The Life & Death of Kevin Barry (1902-1920)

For other stories if County Carlow, see here.   Kevin Barry’s short life was full of firsts. In 1920, he became the first person to be executed since the Easter Rising of 1916. As such, the 18-year-old medical student was also the first person to be executed in...
Charles Joseph Kickham (1828-1882)

Charles Joseph Kickham (1828-1882)

The son of a prosperous Tipperary shopkeeper, this celebrated 19th century novelist and Fenian pioneer was born at his mother’s family home in Mocklershill outside Cashel. The family later moved to Fethard Street in  Mullinahone, where he is today recalled by a...