Thursday, November 8, 2018

Great War Monument in Dublin City Centre

The above sculpture by Slovak artist Martin Galbavy was created at the Dorset Forge and Fabrication, Britain. It is entitled "The Hauntings Soldier" and depicts  a war weary soldier. It is perhaps apt that it is comprised of bits and pieces for that is how many Irish men returned from the war. It is on display in St Stephen's Green, beside the Royal Dublin Fusilier's Arch, for the month of November.

Gone But Not Forgotten Historic Graves of Kerry availability

I am proud to announce that my latest title is now on sale in Killorglin in The Crystal Cave bookshop and Listowel. Fadó Fadó is now being stocked in Black Abbey Crafts Adare, County Limerick.
It has sold out and been restocked in the following shops in Kerry:
Woulfes, Listowel
Flavins, Listowel
Polymath Books, Tralee
O'Mahonys, Tralee
The Kerry Bookshop, Tralee
The Dingle Bookshop
Caife Liteartha, Daingean
The Kenmare Bookshop

Outside of Kerry, the book is still available at Charlie Byrnes in Galway City,, Alan Hanna of Rathmines, Dublin and Hodges Figgis.

All of these places are independent bookshops, staffed by people who know and love books. It is they who make it possible for me to sell my book and I am indebted to them.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018


Above: a Viking warrior. Below: Irish warriors.
The meals that would have been eaten in a medieval merchant's house.
Just back from a visit to Dublinia, a private museum dedicated to the early history of Dublin. Located beside Christchurch in the heart of medieval Dublin, it is well worth a visit. The best part is that it is suited to young children and really helps bring history alive.

Remains of an Irish Cross in Dublin City

The above photo shows the remains of an Irish High Cross. Most of these crosses are between 800 and a thousand years old. It was more than likely destroyed when the grave markers were leveled by British soldiers in the late 18th century. This example is at Bully's Acre in Kilmainham.

Monday, October 22, 2018

The grave of Christopher Miller RIC

The grave of Christopher Miller RIC is located at Bully's Acre in Kilmainham, Dublin. Miller was from Pallaskenry in County Limerick and was killed in action, during the Easter Rising  on 27 April 1916. He was killed when he led a party of British soldiers to the rebels at the South Dublin Union.

Monday, August 27, 2018

RIC regulations

The British Army in Waterford

A distribution of the British Army Barracks in Britain and Ireland. Apparently Ireland was the first country in Europe to have an army barracks. The exhibition can be viewed at Dungarvan Castle, County Waterford. The picture below shows the living conditions of a British soldier in the early 19th century.