The night a world famous Irish tenor performed at the Gaiety Sligo

On the 15th January 1936, the world-famous Irish tenor Count John McCormack visited Sligo. McCormack was born in Athlone, Westmeath in 1884. His parents Hannah and Andrew McCormack, were both born in Scotland. Andrew’s father was Irish and had originally hailed from Sligo. Hannah’s family was Scottish Presbyterian. McCormack’s father came to Athlone to work in the woolen mills. McCormack was no stranger to Sligo as … Continue reading The night a world famous Irish tenor performed at the Gaiety Sligo

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 co-starred Yul Brynner, Noël Coward and was … Continue reading Mitzi Gaynor in Rhodes and the cost of air fares in 1960

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

Jimmy’s Hall at the Abbey

  James Gralton, the true story of the only Irish man deported from his own country. We went to see the stage adaptation of the Ken Loach film, Jimmy’s Hall in the Abbey theatre last week.  The play is directed by Graham McLaren with Richard Clements starring as Jimmy and Lisa Lambe as Oonagh. The opening scene set in 1932, sees the title character, Jimmy … Continue reading Jimmy’s Hall at the Abbey

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

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

World War 1 trench

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

Woollen Mills Waterford

Industrial heritage along the greenway

Ireland’s industrial heritage along the greenway We cycled the new Waterford greenway, which runs for 46 kilometres along the Dungarvan to Waterford old train line.  One of the stops on the greenway is the quaint small town of Kilmacthomas, where this impressive 7 arch stone rubble rail viaduct which spans over the River Mahon, dominates the local landscape.  It opened in 1878 for the Great Southern … Continue reading Industrial heritage along the greenway