The South African politician and the brutal killing of Hazel Mullen in Dublin

AMAZINGLY, the South African Independent Democrats had to find out from the Saturday Star newspaper that one of its parliamentary nominees, Narentuk Jumuna, was a convicted killer. Jumuna had been a successful businessman in his hometown of Verulam in the province...

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Ireland home and away in WWI (part 4)

FOLLOWING the 1916 Easter Rising and the subsequent executions, Ireland was devoid of purpose, with many of her sons serving in the British Army. Britain felt the Irish position was volatile, and after prolonged discussions prime minister Herbert Asquith announced...

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Ireland home and away in WWI (part 3)

ALTHOUGH fighting started on 28 July 1914, Germany’s declaration of war on Russia on 1 August is noted as the...

Wednesday, 04/03/15 - 12:11pm Read More

Ireland home and away in World War I (part 2)

BRITISH prime minister Herbert Asquith’s ultimatum to Germany was to get out of Belgium before midnight. This was ignored. At...

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Ireland home and away in World War I (part 1)

THIS article will be in four parts, and even that isn’t enough for a comprehensive review of ‘The Great War’....

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The appalling murder of Ann Ogilby in Belfast

AT 9am on 29 July 1974, workmen cutting grass discovered a woman’s body lying in a ditch close to the...

Wednesday, 11/02/15 - 3:37pm Read More

The Bishop Daniel Delany story

THERE are many religious who have served Ireland well down through the centuries. Some have received the recognition they deserved,...

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The history of Dublin’s oldest graveyard

KILMAINHAM is a town and townland in the parish of St James, within the boundaries of Dublin city, although originally...

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The Anglican Church in early times and its role in the 1798 Rebellion

THE Tudor reign ushered in the most anti-Catholic period ever endured by Irish people under the English crown. But at...

Wednesday, 21/01/15 - 3:12pm Read More

Seán McLoughlin, the forgotten ‘boy commandant’

SOME times, this column includes forgotten heroes or those practically written out of Irish history. This week we are highlighting...

Wednesday, 07/01/15 - 10:58am Read More

My top twenty Irish folk songs of our time

OK, so we did the folk groups already … this is part two of the trilogy, where we look at...

Friday, 12/12/14 - 12:03pm Read More

Gallipoli – the longest and bloodiest battle of WWI (part 1: the initial actions)

THE Dardanelles campaign, or just plain Gallipoli (which means beautiful city), was how the British called it. The Turks’ title...

Thursday, 27/11/14 - 2:36pm Read More

The Plague, or Black Death, in Ireland

OUR history seems to be full of incurable diseases that have spread throughout the world at regular intervals through the...

Wednesday, 19/11/14 - 12:11pm Read More

Ireland – an island nation

HOW about a little question time. Let’s say Greenland is the largest island in the world. Some would say it’s...

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The trial and execution of Arthur Wallace in 1800

ARTHUR Wallace was born in County Mayo born. He was an educated man and, after a certain amount of travel,...

Wednesday, 05/11/14 - 11:40am Read More

Did the United Irishmen in Wexford have a planned strategy for the 1798 Rebellion? (Part 3)

LET us recap a little and fill in some gaps. The battle of Oulart Hill on 27 May, took place...

Thursday, 30/10/14 - 11:37am Read More

Did the United Irishmen in Wexford have a planned strategy for the 1798 Rebellion? (Part 2)

THE DEFEAT at Bunclody did not deter or dim the spirit of the rebels; they would fight another day; they...

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Did the United Irishmen in Wexford have a planned strategy for the 1798 Rebellion? (Part 1)

IT IS not unusual for this column to visit Wexford’s participation in the 1798 rebellion, so much so, it may...

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William Oster, the father of modern medicine

I RECENTLY spent some time in the Curragh Ward of Naas General Hospital suffering from pneumonia. As I improved, I...

Monday, 13/10/14 - 3:44pm Read More

Last survivor in cross-Australia challenge

AUSTRALIA is one of our new continents. In 1860, its government sponsored a challenge to cross the country’s interior from...

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