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Archive for the ‘People’ Category

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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.