In recent years there has been tremendous interest in the stories behind the names of the foremost champions’ cups on the GAA sporting calendar in Ireland. Liam McCarthy and Sam Maguire, whose names adorn the All-Ireland hurling and football trophies, were both...
At 11pm on Christmas Eve, a British sentry in the trenches near Picantin rubbed his eyes and stared out across the narrow No-Man’s Land to the German trenches. Sure enough, clusters of lanterns were rising up all along the German parapets. By the time word of this...
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...
District Inspector MacCarthy was the most unlikely of all the people present when the Gaelic Athletic Association was founded in 1884. He was, after all, a member of the Royal Irish Constabulary, like his father before him. MacCarthy would have a controversial career...
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