Mitzi Gaynor in Rhodes and the cost of air fares in 1960

Woman magazine on the 26th March 1960, featured a short piece with American actress and singer Mitzi Gaynor. Gaynor who starred in several films, most notably There’s no business like show business in 1954 and South Pacific in 1958. She was pictured on the Greek Island of Rhodes while on a break from filming Surprise Package. The film released in September 1960 co-starred Yul Brynner and … Continue reading Mitzi Gaynor in Rhodes and the cost of air fares in 1960

Mystery disappearance of 3 Air Force officers

  Last year when I was researching another post, I came across this headline in the newspaper archives which caught my eye. Mystery disappearance… ran the headline in the Northern Whig newspaper from the 18th September 1945. The words mystery and Sligo in the article were enough to hold my interest. I saved the article, hoping to come back to it when I had more … Continue reading Mystery disappearance of 3 Air Force officers

Tom Crean Kerry pub

Journey to the South Pole

On a recent trip to Kerry, we decided to visit the village of Annascaul. The main reason was to visit the pub once owned and run by the famous Irish Antarctic explorer, Tom Crean and to visit his grave site. I think I first became aware of Tom Crean, from the iconic Guinness Ad from 2002 and the newspaper reports about Tom’s life. A few … Continue reading Journey to the South Pole

Second smallest chapel in the world

The story behind Ireland’s smallest chapel

A few photos from a visit to Carrick-on-Shannon in County Leitrim, we regularly drive through Carrick heading to Sligo but decided to stop for lunch and a stroll a few months ago. I had heard that Carrick had the smallest chapel in Ireland which had been renovated in the last few years so we decided to go and view it, we found it tucked away on the … Continue reading The story behind Ireland’s smallest chapel

Enniscrone old bathhouse

A Winter murder at a Seaside Village

The seaside village of Enniscrone in west Sligo along the wild Atlantic way, has long been a popular holiday destination, going back as far as the 19th century when the Victorians began visiting the small seaside village, located on the shores of Killala Bay in west county Sligo. It has been a popular destination since the 1850’s, when the local landlord, Robert Orme built the Cliff bathhouse … Continue reading A Winter murder at a Seaside Village

Sligo Secret Scripture Walking Tour

The Secret Scripture walking tour

Book a ticket for the guided Secret Scripture walking tour and discover Sligo town at the turn of the 20th century, from the perspective of one Sligo family, follow in their footsteps and see where they lived, worked and played. The Sligo secret scripture trail is a local history and literary tour based around Sligo town. The award-winning author Sebastian Barry set his novels in Sligo town … Continue reading The Secret Scripture walking tour

A scandalous event at the Dromore West Workhouse

I came across this interesting social history case in the DIPPAM Archives recently. DIPPAM which stands for Documenting Ireland: Parliament, People and Migration, is an online virtual archive of documents and sources relating to the history of Ireland, and its migration experience from the 18th to the late 20th centuries. The documents related to an event which occurred in 1879 and an inquiry was called … Continue reading A scandalous event at the Dromore West Workhouse

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 ?

Blarney Castle

A prison and a castle

We spent a week travelling around Cork, focusing on the Kinsale to Kenmare coastal route which is now part of the Wild Atlantic Way. We started off our trip to Cork city and spent two nights here over St Patrick’s. We stayed at Gabriel’s Guesthouse, which is a large old period house which looks like it might have been used as a convent in the … Continue reading A prison and a castle