Downpatrick Head

What to do and see in North Mayo

We took a trip along the North Mayo coastline to visit amongst others, Downpatrick Head and the Ceide Fields and were left pleasantly surprised with how stunning this part of Ireland is. Killala village Our first stop was Killala, a quaint seaside village. Killala was the scene of the last major engagement in the 1798 rebellion. The Irish rebels, helped by the French, held onto … Continue reading What to do and see in North Mayo

Birthplace of Michael Collins

At home with Michael Collins

On a tour of West Cork, one of our most enjoyable days of the trip was spent in Clonakilty. Clonakilty is a bustling town about 1 hours drive from Cork city. It is known for its pudding but we were there for a Michael Collins tour with Tim Crowley from the Michael Collins Centre. Along with seeing some of the rugged West Cork countryside we … Continue reading At home with Michael Collins

Derrynane House

The Liberator’s home

On a recent trip to Kerry, we visited the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell, the Liberator.  Since we had visited his crypt and round tower at Glasnevin cemetery, you can read about our visit here and got to touch his coffin and for years admired his statue on O’Connell street, we couldn’t miss an opportunity to see where the great man once lived. Brief history … Continue reading The Liberator’s home

In the trenches in Cavan

If you are planning a visit to Cavan, you would do well to pay a visit to the Cavan County Museum in Ballyjamesduff.  We have visited a few county museums over the last few years but Cavan’s museum stood out.  Museums today should strive to create interactive user experience’s and the museum has embraced this idea. The Museum is based in a beautiful 19th-century building that … Continue reading In the trenches in Cavan

Seán Mac Diarmada's cottage in Kiltyclogher, Leitrim

A Rebel’s home

  Kiltyclogher or Kilty as it is known locally, is a small village situated in north Leitrim, it is right on the border with Fermanagh. It is a quaint little village, laid out neatly with four roads, the village lies on the R281 road.     Brief History The village was originally established in the 1830’s by the local landlord Charles Henry Tottenham, in honour of his … Continue reading A Rebel’s home

Old Irish flag

1916 Rising Exhibition in Tipperary

  Some photos from a recent visit to the Tipperary County Museum located in Mick Delahunty Square in Clonmel, Tipperary, where a 1916 Easter Rising exhibition is currently been held. You can find out more about the exhibition and the County museum opening days/hours here.   You can read about the Tipperary Volunteers and see an original copy of the Irish Proclamation at the Tipperary … Continue reading 1916 Rising Exhibition in Tipperary

Black and white photo of Doris street

Who once lived on this Dublin street ?

I took this photo a few weeks ago when I was out for a lunchtime stroll.  I really like these quaint little red brick terraced houses on Doris street in Ringsend in ‪Dublin‬ 4‬.  Doris street is located in an area called South Lotts, which was reclaimed marshes along the South of the river Liffey in Dublin.  I believe these houses were built-in circa 1905, as I can’t find any … Continue reading Who once lived on this Dublin street ?

The Slievenamon car and it’s place in Irish history

The Slievenamon (Sliabh na mBan) Armoured Rolls Royce car, used by General Michael Collins, is regularly displayed around the country at heritage events and vintage shows, if you get an opportunity to view it, it’s worthwhile to see this historic vehicle. This armoured car dates back to 1920 and was bought from the British Army by the newly formed Irish State after the Anglo-Irish Treaty … Continue reading The Slievenamon car and it’s place in Irish history

Lissadell House

The light of evening, Lissadell

We visited Lissadell House in May and did the guided tour.  Lissadell House is a big country house, located in North Sligo.  It originally belonged to the Gore-Booth family, who were Anglo Irish landlords.  They sold it to the Cassidy-Walsh family in 2004, who have since renovated it and use it as their own family home and have also managed to turn it into an interesting visitor attraction, which is open … Continue reading The light of evening, Lissadell

Former Great Brunswick Street Carnegie Library

Citizens in Conflict

During the week, Richard visited the Dublin City Library to check out the Citizens in Conflict exhibition.  It’s a 1916 Easter Rising exhibition currently on display at Pearse Street Library in Dublin 2, running until the 25th June 2016. It’s a historic multi-media exhibition which includes eyewitness accounts and sources such as Dublin Fire Brigade logbook. It gives a snapshot of the Rising through the eyes of ordinary … Continue reading Citizens in Conflict