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G.F. Handel (1685-1759) & the Messiah

G.F. HANDEL (1685-1759) & THE MESSIAH George Frideric Handel sat back on the sofa of Mrs. Vernon’s drawing room in Clontarf Castle and exhaled noisily. His ears were still ringing with the exultant voices of the boy’s choir he had conducted earlier in the day. His...
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...

Samuel Clayton (1777-1853)

SAMUEL CLAYTON (1777-1853) THE MASTER FORGER WHO FOUNDED FREEMASONRY IN AUSTRALIA Commission Court, Dublin, 1815. Samuel Clayton did not look much like a criminal. Standing just shy of 5 foot 5, the brown-haired engraver beheld the court with hazel eyes that peered...