The History Corner

All I want for Christmas is… Daniel O’Connell’s toothpick!

Posted on: 1st December, 2015 in The History Corner

Above: Offices of The Irish People 1865.   The holiday season is upon us, and while for many, this means family gatherings, mulled wine, Christmas markets and, if we’re lucky, tins of roses; there is no denying the increasing commercialisation of...

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The West Cork ‘Pagan’ that tried to convert Mrs Brown’s Boys

Posted on: 3rd November, 2015 in The History Corner

Above: Mountjoy Jail circa 1866 With both Halloween and All Saints’ Day rapidly approaching, it is worth briefly considering the historical significance of their origins. While All Saints’ Day had traditionally been observed on May 13 since its introduction in...

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A tale of two statues: Brendan, Columbus and the Age of Exploration

Posted on: 5th October, 2015 in The History Corner

Above: St. Brendan Statue Bantry Have you ever heard about the time that Christopher Columbus, on his way to the ‘New World’, majestically sailed into Bantry Bay under the folds of the Castilla and León flag of the Spanish government?...

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Remembering West Cork Fenians and the Rescue at Manchester

Posted on: 10th September, 2015 in The History Corner

In the early hours of September 11, 1867, two young men were arrested for loitering outside of a storefront on Oak Street in Manchester. Unknowingly, the apprehending officers had set into motion a series of events that would prove to...

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Local place names and histories dot the globe

Posted on: 6th July, 2015 in The History Corner

The season of summer holidays is upon us, and while many will head to the popular beaches of Tenerife or enjoy a ‘staycation’ elsewhere in Ireland, others travelling further afield may come across some familiar-sounding place names amidst their foreign...

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Lying in a state of uncertainty

Posted on: 8th June, 2015 in Highlights

Over the next several months, West Cork will be abuzz as a wide variety of events commemorating the life and death of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa are carried out, in what is the centenary year of the storied Fenian leader’s death....

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War off the West Cork Coast

Posted on: 5th May, 2015 in Highlights

Midway across the Atlantic on a recent Aer Lingus flight, as I stretched my legs and switched my headrest touchscreen from an array of recent films and past Oasis hits to the flight status screen, I noticed an unusual marker...

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Sweeny at Shiloh: The Irish officer who “saved the day”

Posted on: 7th April, 2015 in The History Corner

One hundred and fifty three years ago this week, one of the fiercest battles that occurred during the American Civil War raged across the swampy terrain of Hardin County, Tennessee for two days. At its conclusion, upwards of 24,000 men...

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