Chilling story of the only Waterford man to be hanged in independent Ireland

Author Colm Wallace tells the chilling story of William O’Shea, who was the only Waterford man to be hanged in an independent Ireland.

By February 1943 William O’Shea had been married to his wife Maureen for three years, although he was aged just 24 and she was 21. At this point the couple were blessed with a baby girl, the young family living together in a nice cottage in Ballyhane, outside Cappoquin. Instead of being at the start of a happy matrimony and enjoying parenthood however, O’Shea seemed to resent his wife. She, in turn, was afraid of him.

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‘Irish giant’ Tom Crean was one of the bravest and toughest explorers of the early part of the 20th century. Thanks to his positivity and faith, he managed to not only survive horrific conditions but also save the lives of his colleagues. Find out more.

Joseph Plunkett’s official 1916 medal to be sold at auction

The official 1916 medal that was posthumously awarded to Easter Rising leader Joseph Plunkett is to go on sale ahead of the centenary commemorations.

It is the last of the official leaders’ medals to be accounted for and hasn’t been seen for 75 years. Continue reading “Joseph Plunkett’s official 1916 medal to be sold at auction”

Great Easter Rising animation from Irish teacher

Irish teacher John Ruddy has added the Easter Rising to his impressive collection of Manny Man history animations.

The talented artist brilliantly explains the story of the Rising in just 8 minutes, with his signature character portraying all the key characters. Continue reading “Great Easter Rising animation from Irish teacher”

Millions of Easter Rising, War of Independence and Civil War documents go online

The government has announced that it will put online millions of documents relating to the Easter Rising and the years that followed.

The records that are set to be digitised will detail the actions of around 80,000 people in the Easter Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War. Continue reading “Millions of Easter Rising, War of Independence and Civil War documents go online”

Commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa’s funeral

A commemoration of the funeral of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa took place this weekend in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.

O’Donovan Rossa is considered to be one of the great Fenians and his funeral on 1 August 1915 was a hugely symbolic event in the fight for Irish independence. Continue reading “Commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa’s funeral”

British Army was ‘40% Irish’ in Battle of Waterloo

When people think of Ireland’s military history, they often think of rebellions against the British and men such as Theobald Wolfe Tone and Michael Collins.

There are countless more Irish men who fought for independence, and many of them are now celebrated as national heroes.

However, there are several wars and battles that claimed the lives of thousands of Irish men that are somewhat overlooked. These forgotten Irishmen were fighting as part of the British Army. Continue reading “British Army was ‘40% Irish’ in Battle of Waterloo”

Remains of Duffy Cut massacre victim to be buried in Ireland

The remains of an Irish emigrant who died 183 years ago in the Duffy’s Cut massacre in America was finally laid to rest in Co Tyrone in June 2016.

Catherine Burns was 29 years old when she emigrated to America with her father-in-law John Burns, following the death of her husband. Continue reading “Remains of Duffy Cut massacre victim to be buried in Ireland”

Use the Illustrated Police News to get a picture of your Irish roots

Jim Shaughnessy, Findmypast

On Findmypast, you’ll find the largest online collection of Irish family history records, which provide an incredible opportunity to trace your family in Ireland and build an excellent family tree. As well as that, there’s the fascinating newspaper collections, including a great rang of Irish newspapers that can help to put your ancestors’ lives into context. Continue reading “Use the Illustrated Police News to get a picture of your Irish roots”