The Premiere of Handel’s Messiah – Dublin, 1742

The Premiere of Handel’s Messiah – Dublin, 1742

In 1742, over 700 people crowded into the Great Musick Hall in Dublin to hear Handel lead the performance of his choral masterpiece. In view of the numbers, ladies were requested to come "without hoops," and gentlemen without swords. Critics were unanimous - this was...
Charles Bianconi (1786-1875) – The Man who put Ireland on Wheels

Charles Bianconi (1786-1875) – The Man who put Ireland on Wheels

‘Earn a shilling a day and live upon sixpence’. That was the motto of a remarkable entrepreneur from Italy whose energy, perseverance, punctuality and good humour made him the transport king of Ireland in the 1820s and 1830s. A friend of Daniel O’Connell, he became...
Matthias Buchinger (1674-1739) – A Most Astonishing German in Ireland

Matthias Buchinger (1674-1739) – A Most Astonishing German in Ireland

The mind-bending tale of a German magician, musician and master of calligraphy who spent twenty years in Ireland, probably inspiring Jonathan Swift’s Lilliputians, and died in Cork, yet never grew higher than twenty-nine inches. Unlimited access for €1 a month / €12 a...