On 25 July 1984 a wave of disbelief swept through the main streets of Ireland like a tsunami. Woolworth’s was abandoning Ireland! The shopping public reeled. F.W. Woolworth & Co. […]

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Western interest in Mount Everest began in 1841, when Sir George Everest, surveyor general of India, recorded its location; the first reasonably accurate measurement of the mountain was subsequently made […]

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R.W.G. Hingston was born in London in 1887 but spent most of his early life in the family home at Horsehead, Passage West, Co. Cork. He was educated at University […]

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Shortly after the Easter Rising, a traumatised Englishwoman—who had the misfortune to happen upon some rebels as she entered the GPO to buy some stamps—related her dramatic ordeal to the […]

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Both O’Casey’s and the Independent’s women in distress, one fictional, the other (semi-)real, are equally outlandish and—amid the chaos of revolution—out of sync. But on a more serious level, the […]

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