Sir Henry Sidney – Lord Deputy of Ireland (1565-1578)

Sir Henry Sidney – Lord Deputy of Ireland (1565-1578)

Looking at his lengthy service to the Tudors - including his boyhood friendship with Edward VI - and his controversial terms as the Viceroy, or Lord Deputy, of Ireland. Unlimited access for €1 a month / €12 a year...

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

Honest Tom Steele (1788-1848) – Landlord and Repealer Born: Derrymore, Co Clare, 3 November 1788. Died: London, 15 June 1848. The annals of Irish history are littered with Protestants of English origin who effectively deserted the flag of their faith and ‘went...

John Henry Foley, RA (1818-1874)

JOHN HENRY FOLEY, RA (1818-1874) John Henry Foley was probably the most influential sculptor in Irish history. The Dubliner’s breath-taking equestrian masterpieces strode across city squares and parklands from Dublin to Kolkatta to Virginia. His best-known Irish works...
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...
The Butcher of Culloden

The Butcher of Culloden

Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), the son of George II, was in disgrace after he led his army to inglorious defeat at the battle of Fontenoy. And then, like a football manager whose luck changes, he destroyed the Scots at Culloden. His brutal...