Hermione, Duchess of Leinster (1864-1895)

HERMIONE, DUCHESS OF LEINSTER (1864-1895) Those who knew the Duchess of Leinster best had probably envisioned an early demise. Before she moved to County Kildare in 1884, she was regarded as one of the most beautiful women in Western Europe. But in the ensuing decade,...

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...

Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890)

SIR RICHARD BURTON (1821-1890) EXPLORER EXTRAORDINAIRE Sir Richard Francis Burton was one of the most eccentric and brilliant explorers the world has known. During the 19th century, this intrepid scion of Co. Galway discovered Lake Tanganyika, translated the ‘Kama...
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...