Category Archives: Social History

Drawing on the Marathon History of the Phoenix Park

What do Irish Marathon Runners and Irish Artists have in common? Well, apart from the fact that a Marathon Runner can be an Artist and an Artist can be a Marathon Runner they do have something else in common; from … Continue reading

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Longueville House – Old World Grandeur Discovered

While recently touring in North County Cork about 6km from Mallow, we happened upon a country mansion of particular charm and elegance. It was time for morning coffee and scones (hopefully), so what better surroundings we thought to complement that … Continue reading

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Another Day – Another Milestone

It was a pleasant 22°c, and sunshine to boot, as I headed off earlier this morning to garner some welcome fresh air and walking exercise, in Dublin’s beautiful Phoenix Park. People are free to ramble almost everywhere within the park. … Continue reading

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Time Capsule – I May be a General Yet

At the outbreak of WWI on 28th July 1914, Ireland was governed from Britain and was considered by the British, to be as much a part of their Empire as any other country under British dominion, at that time. In … Continue reading

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One of our own: Arthur Wellesley

Born on 1st May 1769 at 6 Merrion Street Dublin, young Arthur was destined for great things. He was the fourth son in a family of five sons born to Garret Wesley and Anne Hill-Trevor. Arthur attended school at Trim, … Continue reading

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Time Capsule – Pretoria, South Africa 1907

8752 Private Michael Breen, a paternal Granduncle of mine, served in the 2nd Border Regiment during the early 1900s. While I have no clear evidence to indicate that during his time in the army he completed any postings in South … Continue reading

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A Hand on My Shoulder

Have you ever browsed in a book store, found a book that was interesting, purchased the book and when reading it discovered that it was more than interesting; that it was in fact a real treasure? I recently had such … Continue reading

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