Glory, Glamour & Gore – The Gruesome Tale of Vere St Leger Goold

The only Wimbledon finalist to be convicted of murder was an Irish man When we think of the Irish in Monaco we immediately envision Grace Kelly, the academy award winning Irish-American actress who became a Monégasque princess. Yet before she joined the illustrious House of Grimaldi, (the royal house of the principality of Monaco) she … Continue reading Glory, Glamour & Gore – The Gruesome Tale of Vere St Leger Goold

Captain Paul Boyton: The famine-era emigrant who became the greatest showman

“I began my voyages on October 1874. Sailing from New York on the Queen of the National Line, Captain Bragg in command, my object was to jump overboard when we were two hundred and fifty miles from the American shore.” So began the first of countless journeys undertaken by Paul Boyton, a famine era emigrant … Continue reading Captain Paul Boyton: The famine-era emigrant who became the greatest showman

Jimmy Gralton, the only Irishman ever deported from Ireland

On the 13th of August 1933 the M.V. Britannic pulled away from Cobh Harbour with a remarkable passenger on board. Next to Passenger 17’s entry on the manifest was a hand written note ‘Ordered deported from Irish Free State’. Paradoxically his deportation came just 18 months after he was first issued with a US passport … Continue reading Jimmy Gralton, the only Irishman ever deported from Ireland

JFK & Ireland: Four Days that Changed a Nation

JFK. Few abbreviations are as universally understood as these three little letters. MP, TD, PhD etc. all serve as a suffix to highlight the distinction of an individual, but not so with JFK. They’ve been eternally reserved for a single individual, the 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Such is the impact … Continue reading JFK & Ireland: Four Days that Changed a Nation

The Irishman who ‘invented’ milk chocolate and served the royal family

With the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visiting Dublin this week (11th July 2018) it’s worth recalling the remarkable life of an Irishman who enjoyed unparalleled access to the British royals, Sir Hans Sloane, personal physician to three British monarchs. Portrait of Sir Hans Sloane by Stephen Slaughter, oil on canvas, 1736. Credit: National Portrait … Continue reading The Irishman who ‘invented’ milk chocolate and served the royal family

Ireland’s Sporting Royal Family: The Casey’s of Kerry

On the 7th December 1941 the Japanese Imperial Navy launched a surprise attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbour. In the wake of the attack thousands of men enlisted in the United States armed forces, many of whom were newly arrived emigrants. They came from every corner of the globe and a myriad … Continue reading Ireland’s Sporting Royal Family: The Casey’s of Kerry

Carlow Town: A Case Study in Urban Planning in Ireland 1996-2015

What is planning?

Planning is in effect a human process by which we seek to guide future action. It is a process of human thought, an exercise in foresight particularly useful in regard to the formulation of programs and policies. It can be applied to a broad range of disciplines and has become an integrated part of the majority of successful human endeavours. Often the old adage ‘If you fail to plan then you plan to fail’ still proves applicable.

Making Irish History: A Historiographical Perspective of the 20th & 21st Centuries

Historiography and the intellectual trends and developments that have characterised the changing nature and practice of Irish historical scholarship during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. “…leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history”. (Winston Churchill, Speech in the House of Commons, January 23rd 1948) Firstly what is historiography? Is it … Continue reading Making Irish History: A Historiographical Perspective of the 20th & 21st Centuries

‘Our’ Jerusalem: A Commentary on Contested Space, Religious Tolerance & the Concept of Sanctity

In the modern world, particularly the English speaking one, we underestimate the level of influence American culture has on us. We share a language, a system of governance and a religion, barring some regional differences. Our entertainment and fashion industries are to a large extent based on the American models and dominated by them. Hence … Continue reading ‘Our’ Jerusalem: A Commentary on Contested Space, Religious Tolerance & the Concept of Sanctity