The History Corner

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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People of West Cork

Posted on: 3rd November, 2014 in The History Corner

This column marks my penultimate column for the West Cork People. December’s column will unfortunately be my last; I, along with my colleague Eamonn Ó’Cualáin, recently secured funding to make a documentary so the next few months will be a...

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A history of the West Cork League

Posted on: 6th October, 2014 in The History Corner

It’s October and the West Cork League has gotten back into full swing. As someone who actually plays in the League, I’ve been interested in learning the story of how it started. West Cork is a GAA stronghold so how...

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The legacy of O’Donovan Rossa

Posted on: 8th September, 2014 in The History Corner

West Cork is blessed to have many iconic freedom fighting heroes. Michael Collins is the obvious example, along with the men of the flying column. One man not so widely acknowledged is Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa. People are aware of the...

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The Clon man who went into Labour

Posted on: 6th August, 2014 in The History Corner

When people think of the Labour movement or socialism in Ireland the names of James Connolly and James Larkin immediately spring to mind. They are the towering figures of socialist history. Outside of these two, there were many prominent men...

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