The Bog Commission, 1809

The Bog Commission, 1809

How Napoleon Bonaparte inadvertently inspired a project to grow hemp in Irish bogs, resulting in 50 invaluable maps and 4 comprehensive reports on the extent and nature of over one million acres of Irish bogland. Become a member of Turtle’s History Library to access...
Humewood Castle, County Wicklow

Humewood Castle, County Wicklow

Humewood Castle is without doubt one of the most eccentric buildings in Ireland. Built in 1868 for Fitzwilliam Dick, it later passed to his granddaughter, Mimi, who married General Maxim Weygand, commander-of-chief of the Allied forces in Europe on the eve of the...
Robert Louis Stevenson – Of Wooden Legs & Birthday Gifts

Robert Louis Stevenson – Of Wooden Legs & Birthday Gifts

When Shane Leslie, the Anglo-Irish nationalist politician, was wooing his American wife Marjorie Ide in 1912, he was particularly impressed when she revealed how, during her childhood on the Pacific island of Samoa, Robert Louis Stevenson had read her bedtime stories....
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...
St. Columba (521-592) – the Making of a Missionary

St. Columba (521-592) – the Making of a Missionary

The story of the feisty Donegal missionary who brought Christianity to Pictish Scotland, after a devastating battle in Ireland, plus Iona’s links to Lindisfarne … and how a court case that he was embroiled in set a useful precedent for anyone advocating...