In this month's issue:
  • CHIEFS’ PRIZE 2014
  • Napoleon’s Irish Legion
  • Frederick Douglass aboard the Cambria, 1845
  • Women and O’Connellite politics
  • Castletown’s Batty Langley Lodge
  • Cavan County Museum
and many more....

On this Day

October 30

1987 The Eksund, carrying 150 tons of armaments believed to be for the IRA, was seized by French customs authorities. 1892 Eoin O’Duffy, IRA activist, first commissioner of the Garda […]

November 11

1964 Pádraig Ó Siochfhradha (81), teacher, Gaelic League activist and writer in Irish under the pen-name ‘An Seabhac’, died.

December 2

1984 A gas leak at a pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, caused at least 3,787 deaths. It was one of the world’s worst industrial disasters.

December 10

1974  Four Protestant clergymen met with Provisional IRA leaders in Feakle, Co. Clare. Over a week later, the IRA declared a ceasefire.

December 12

1964  The Republic of Kenya was declared, with Jomo Kenyatta as president.


October 30

Wed    6.30pm Old Dublin Society, Dublin City Library & Archive, 138–144 Pearse Street. The Brabazons of Dublin and Wicklow, Brian White. Thur    7.30pm Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 63 […]

November 4

Tues 8.30pm Kilmacanogue History Society, Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs, Delgany, Co. Wicklow. Wicklow’s Irish ANZACS, Jeff Kildea. Adm. ?3.

November 5

Wed 6.30pm Old Dublin Society, Dublin City Library and Archive conference room, 138–144 Pearse St. Swift and Dublin: controversial dean, patriot Drapier and inventor of micro-credit, Brendan Twomey. Wed 8pm […]

November 7

Fri 7.30pm NUI Maynooth History Forum, Rhetoric House, South Campus. The totality of relationships: the Haughey/ Thatcher relationship reconsidered, Stephen Kelly. Fri 8pm Military History Society of Ireland, Griffith College, […]

November 8

Sat 1.10pm Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle. Commemorating war in eighteenth-century China, Annette Bügener.

From the Archives

Molly Childers and Mary Spring-Rice aboard the Asgard. (F.X. Martin, The Howth gun-running and the Kilcoole gun-running, 1914 [Dublin, 1964])

Howth/ Kilcoole gunrunning

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‘THE IRISH FRANKENSTEIN. “The baneful and blood-stained Monster * * * yet was it not my master to the very extent that it was my creature . . . Had I not breathed into it my own spirit?” * * * (Extracts from the Works of C.S. P-rn-ll, M.P.).’ Punch (20 May 1882) quotes from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to link Charles Stewart Parnell (left) with the murders. (British Library)

Lord Frederick Cavendish and the Phoenix Park murders of 1882

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Hedge School

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Book Reviews


The Battle of Clontarf, Good Friday 1014

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Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf

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