Archive for the ‘History’ Category

The Limbless Landlord

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

This Book is available from both Lulu as a paperback, or Amazon Kindle as a Kindle (.mobi) book  (Click HERE). Introduction. This is the story of Arthur MacMurrough Kavanagh, a 19th century Irish Landlord who was born with no legs or arms, and yet was an expert horseman, a first class shot, a noted yachtsman, [...]

The Story of Strongbow (for Youngsters)

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

The Story of  Strongbow.   To buy the Kindle book, click HERE. Strongbow. A Thousand Years ago nobody in Ireland spoke anything but Irish. You probably wouldn’t understand them today, even if you were a native speaker from the far side of the Kerry mountains, but Irish was their language, and they didn’t know any other. [...]

Daniel O’Connell, the Last King of Ireland – Chapter 7, Daniel O’Connell – Emancipation to Doneraile.

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

To but the whole book, click HERE. 1828 – 1830. Charles Bianconi’s record continues – Wellington was now Prime Minister. Daniel was the newly elected Member for Clare, albeit a Member who could not take his seat. And Peel was Home Secretary again. Back in Dublin, Daniel expanded on the theme of his speech in [...]

The Story of Ireland – Strongbow

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

This (and one on the same story for children) is now available as a Kindle eBook. Click HERE. If you would like to buy the whole book, The Story of Ireland as an eBook (mobi for Kindles, epub for Apple and other devices, and most other formats) for just $5, click HERE. Below is an [...]

Some Irish People – Charles Stuart Parnell

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Parnell, I suppose, was an aristocrat. His father was a Protestant Landowner,  descended from a family of well-to-do merchants from Cheshire who had come to Ireland 200 years previously.  A cousin was Viscount Powerscourt, descended from Sir Richard Wingfield who had been Marshall of the Queen’s Troops in Ireland 250 years earlier. The Powerscourts are [...]

The Story of Ireland – 1649 – 1658. Cromwell and Transportation.

Friday, May 14th, 2010

This is now available as an e-book. Click here to go to our e-book page. My  father, not normally given to blasphemy, would often be heard to say “Oh, Crumell!”, where another might have said “Oh, Damn it”. In fact, it  was sometimes spelt that way in the 17th. century, which gives a clue as to [...]

The Story of Ireland – A Day in the Life of the Brehon Aidan.

Friday, May 14th, 2010

This is the only purely fictional chapter in my “Story of Ireland” books, and was written to try and illustrate the manners and customs of the times, like what people wore and what they ate and drank….. To buy the whole book as a Kindle book, click HERE. It was a gorgeous morning in high [...]

Some Irish People – Brian “Boru”.

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Brian mac Cennétig (c. 941 – 1014). 940 AD is the most generally accepted date for the birth of Brian (the ‘Boru’, or Bóruma, suffix only came later, see below). He was originally, of course, Brian mac Cennétig, Brian son of Cennétig, and his father was Cennétig mac Lorcain. He was born at Kincora, Killaloe, about twenty miles [...]

Daniel O’Connell, the last… – O’Connell’s Schooldays

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

To buy the whole book as an eBook (mobi for Kindles, epub for Apple and other devices, and most other formats) for just $5, click HERE. By the time he was nine years old he had progressed to books like Captain Cook’s ‘Voyages round the World’. He used to run away and take his book [...]

The 2 Kings – Daniel O’Connell’s childhood

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

To buy the whole book as an eBook (mobi for Kindles, epub for Apple and other devices, and most other formats) for just $5, click HERE. It was a balmy August Sunday, the 6th. day of that month in 1775, the day Catherine O’Connell was brought to bed of her second child. Morgan and she had [...]

The Two Kings of Ireland – Foreword.

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Foreword. This book is a novel, but the characters and situations have been faithfully interpreted according to historical facts. I have chosen to present the story as a record, written by Charles Bianconi, of the life of his friend Daniel O’Connell.  During the record, the greater part of Bianconi’s own life emerges too. In fact [...]

The Story of Napper Tandy − Chapter 2.

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Chapter 2. Meath and Dublin I was born in 1737, at the Jenkins house near Drewstown in County Meath. That was because my father was an ironmonger in Dublin, with premises in Charlotte Street. Infant mortality was high in Dublin in those days, due to the generally poor sanitary arrangements, and the chances of survival [...]

The Story of Napper Tandy – Chapter 1.

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Tandy had been following with increasing indignation the escalating legislative assault on America from London – the Tea Act and the Boston Tea Party, the Massachusetts Government Act, which altered the Massachusetts charter and restricted town meetings; the Administration of Justice Act, the Boston Port Act, which closed the port of Boston until the British had been compensated for the tea lost in the Boston Tea Party, and the Quartering Act of 1774, which allowed royal governors to house British troops in the homes of citizens without requiring permission of the owner. So when the Americans actually took up arms against this high handed authoritarianism, he was elated!

The Story of Napper Tandy – Foreword

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

By way of introduction, some words on the state of Ireland in general and Dublin in particular in the second half of the 18th century, the backdrop against which much of this story is painted, may be of interest. It was in many respects a lawless place, quite literally, for there was no effective police [...]

The Story of Napper Tandy – Introduction

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

The minute history is written down it becomes, I feel, subjective. Take for example the death of the last King of Dublin, Hasculf Thorgillsson, in 1170. According to Annals of the Four Masters who were Irish writing in the 17th century, he was defeated and killed in battle, while according to Giraldus Cambrensis who was writing at the [...]

Some Irish People – St. Patrick

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

There are conflicting views as to who St. Patrick really was. The most recent and increasingly consensual view is based on the Latin document “Confessio”. Essentially this is an autobiography, and it is generally accepted as having been written by St. Patrick.