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Anne Bonny: (c.1698 – c.1725s): An Irish Pirate

It was common belief among pirates that having women aboard a ship was bad luck. It didn’t prevent a few swashbuckling ladies from joining and even leading bands of buccaneers.  Anne Bonny, or Bonney, has been the inspiration for countless stories, books, films, songs and other works. Daniel Defoe (1660-1731), pseudonym Captain Charles Johnson, wrote […]

Don Leopoldo O’Donnell: Brief account of a Spanish noble

The term Irish-Spaniards are people born in Spain of Irish descent. More specifically it refers to members of the Irish families established in Spain since The Flight of the Earls in 1607, e.g. O’Neills and O’Donnells, or what is known as The Flight of the Wild Geese following the defeat of James II in 1690 […]

The Mansion House, Dublin: A brief history

At the heart of historic Dublin, the Mansion House celebrated its 300th anniversary (1715-2015). It is the only mayoral residence in Ireland and is older than any surviving in Britain.  Home to the Lord Mayor of Dublin during his or her term of office, the Mansion House has been the centre of civic hospitality for […]

Wexford ‘Old and New’: A miscellany of events

Originally a Viking trading post in the tenth century, Ireland’s historical south-east coastal town of Wexford lies at the mouth of the River Slaney in Wexford Harbour. The Anglo-Normans arrived in 1169 and the town ultimately passed to Strongbow, or Richard Fitz Gilbert, also known as Richard de Clare, Earl of Pembroke and Lord of […]

Bishop Edward Daly D.D : Death and Legacy

Bishop Edward Daly, Doctor of Divinity, was a well known Irish Roman Catholic priest and author of pastoral and other publications. He served as the Bishop of Derry from 1974 to 1994. As advocate and activist he took part in several civil rights marches and events during the period known as ‘The Troubles’. He had […]

Nations at War: Centenary Commemorations 2016

Known as the Great War, and later First World War (1914-18), it was fought in many different lands by armies from many nations. It was one in which the Central Powers (Germany, and Austria-Hungary, joined later by Turkey and Bulgaria) were defeated by an alliance of Britain and its dominions, France, Russia, and others, joined […]

Irish Madonna Hungary: Bishop Walter Lynch of Clonfert

Walter Lynch (1595-1663) was born into an Irish aristocratic family in the Clonfert parish town of Galway. His schooling began there but, as was common at the time, he was later sent to an Irish boarding school in Lisbon due to the Penal Code that limited Catholics to receive higher education at home.  He studied […]

Book Note: Sean Lester The Guardian of a Small Flickering Light, by Authors Marit Fosse and John Fox**

Foreword by Michael Moller, Director-General, United Nations Headquarters, Geneva   Co-authored by two journalists with long international experience**, this book highlights the accomplishments and failures of a highly capable Irish patriot, journalist, diplomat and international statesman.  Although he had left school aged fourteen, had no experience of foreign affairs and spoke only English, in 1929 […]

Irish Courtesan: Margaret Leeson (1727-1797)

Born to a wealthy landed family in Killough, Co. Westmeath, her birth name was Peg Plunkett, one of her mother’s twenty-two children. Because of her mother’s death and to escape an abusive brother she went to Dublin. She was abandoned by several lovers before turning to prostitution. She became pregnant as a teenager and was […]

Footsteps in History: Long Road to Freedom

On Monday, 11 April 1966, the day after the fiftieth anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, the then President of Ireland, Eamon de Valera, opened the imposing Garden of Remembrance at Parnell Square in Dublin. It is dedicated to all those who gave their lives in the cause of Irish freedom. In de Valera’s words […]