Horrible Outrage on the Dead

After the sad news this week of the St Michan’s vaults break-in comes this story of vault robberies from 1836, its a pity these stories aren’t in the distant past where they belong. We had a memorable visit to St Michan’s vaults a few years ago. Hopefully, they will reopen and the skull of the 800-year-old crusader can be retrieved. You can check out our … Continue reading Horrible Outrage on the Dead

India Mutineers 1920 Centenary

A new Facebook group has been set up to commemorate the Indian Mutiny 1920. If you have an interest in the Irish Revolution years (1916 – 1923) or had family that took part in the Indian Mutiny in 1920, you may be interested in joining. Connaught Rangers soldiers based in Jullandar and Solon Barracks in the Punjab, India, staged a mutiny in protest at the … Continue reading India Mutineers 1920 Centenary

Climbing Lugnaquillia, getting lost and Irish hospitality

It’s 1948 and the travel writer John Wood starts his walking and climbing tour around Ireland. He sets off leaving Dublin and heading to Wicklow. While in Wicklow, he encounters Irish wet weather and hospitality in equal measure! After a threepenny ride, I alighted from a bus at the suburb of Rathfarnham, whence I had decided to start my grand tour, and an elderly priest … Continue reading Climbing Lugnaquillia, getting lost and Irish hospitality

A Sunday in Dublin in 1948

In the Summer of 1948, an English travel writer named John Wood went on a backpacking trip around Ireland. Wood walked most of the 1,000 miles with a few unsolicited lifts and bus trips along the way, he managed to visit seventeen counties in one of the wettest summers on record for the time. He later wrote a travel book called ‘With Rucksack round Ireland‘. … Continue reading A Sunday in Dublin in 1948

Sligo Dark Tales – The perils of travelling alone in the 18th-Century

Originally posted on Melcoo Tours:
From the newspaper archives comes the late eighteenth-century story of┬átwo young boys herding cattle on Doomore mountain near Coolaney, County Sligo. Booleying farming was an agriculture practice carried out in Ireland. This is where younger members of the farming community usually a teenage girl or boy, would go uphill with cattle to higher pastures to allow the cattle to graze… Continue reading Sligo Dark Tales – The perils of travelling alone in the 18th-Century

Avena House from poetry inspiration to murder

Avena House in Ballisodare, County Sligo is currently for sale and has some literary and dark connections. The three-bay two storey house was built in circa 1840’s. Mc Ternan indicates that this house was formerly owned by Robert Culbertson, a mill owner of Ballysadare. His property was purchased in the Landed Estates Court in the 1860s by Messers. Middleton and Pollexfen and became a regular … Continue reading Avena House from poetry inspiration to murder

Downpatrick Head

What to do and see in North Mayo

We took a trip along the North Mayo coastline to visit Downpatrick Head and the Ceide Fields. While not as well known as the Cliffs of Moher, this area is equally as impressive and scenic. 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 … Continue reading What to do and see in North Mayo