The History Corner

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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From Tralibane to far-flung shores: The musical efforts of Chief O’Neill

Posted on: 9th March, 2015 in The History Corner

Save for the summer months, during which time the Fleadh Cheoil, as well as summer schools and festivals across the country, monopolise the calendars of Irish traditional musicians, no other time of year draws demand for Irish music such as...

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Modern fighters’ successes recall O’Mahony’s historic rise to fame

Posted on: 9th February, 2015 in The History Corner

In recent months, Irish sports fans on both sides of the Atlantic have watched excitedly as the country’s prized fighters have taken their respective sports by storm, finding success in the profitable American market. In December, massive crowds met Limerick’s...

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Puck of the Irish

Posted on: 1st December, 2014 in The History Corner

For my final column I’m looking at the Irish links to ice hockey in the games’ formative years. This subject forms the basis of the documentary that I and a company called Fócas Films are developing for TG4 with funding...

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