Category Archives: History

Civil War Monument Destruction – Lingering Bitterness or Pure Vandalism ?

Civil War Monument Destruction – Lingering Bitterness or Pure Vandalism ?

A act of destruction in Knocknagoshel last night has sickened the chairman of a 1923 commemoration committee. A Civil War monument to the six Irish Free State Soldiers killed by a land mine in Barnarrig, near Talbot’s Bridge in Knocknagoshel on a March night in 1923 was smashed to pieces in the course of lastRead more…

Sliabh Luachra Old Photos Project – A Labour of Love for Paddy Flynn

Sliabh Luachra Old Photos Project – A Labour of Love for Paddy Flynn

For most students the dawning of their Leaving Cert year looms large and dominates the landscape and mindset for the duration. Not for Paddy Flynn. The St. Patrick’s College student, Cordal GAA Club PRO and now founder of the Sliabh Luachra Old Photos Project is busier than ever at this important juncture in his youngRead more…

Two Murders in Three Days Left Scartaglen Shaken in 1923

Two Murders in Three Days Left Scartaglen Shaken in 1923

Galway author, Colm Wallace has written a book entitled The Fallen and it tells the story of twenty one Gardaí killed in the line of duty during the lifetime of the Irish Free State. One of the stories included in the book is that of Sergeant James Woods, who was shot dead in Scartaglen inRead more…

Cordal’s John Twiss 1895 Hanging For BBC TV Documentary

Cordal’s John Twiss 1895 Hanging For BBC TV Documentary

An independent television production company, working on commission for the BBC has made contact through the Michael O’Donohoe Memorial Heritage Project website. The company, Chalkboard Television Production, is working on a series of documentaries for the BBC at present and a representative has expressed an interest in taking a closer look at the John TwissRead more…

Bloody and Tragic Events of July 1921 Remembered

Bloody and Tragic Events of July 1921 Remembered

A song composed and recorded in the mid 1960s should have more relevance now than it ever did with our world in the state it’s in. ‘What the World Needs Now’ was composed by Hal David and Burt Bacharach and it features regularly on compilations since. Local Piper, Noel O’Mahony did his own bit inRead more…

1921 Irish Volunteers Commemoration on Saturday Evening

1921 Irish Volunteers Commemoration on Saturday Evening

The Bonn / Doherty Sinn Féin Cumann in Castleisland will commemorate the tragic events of July 10th 1921 on the coming Saturday evening, July 8th at 7:30pm. A colour party will march from the Old Railway Car Park to the monument on Rice’s Height. There, Cllr. Toireasa Ferris will deliver an oration and a wreathRead more…

Castle of the Island Society Launch GoFundMe Page

Castle of the Island Society Launch GoFundMe Page

The recently formed Castle of the Island Society held a launch at the River Island Hotel in Castleisland on Friday, June 2nd. This launch was held in order to promote the society which aspires to make a documentary about the history of Castleisland Castle later this summer. A number of short videos outlining the contentsRead more…

Castle Documentary Crowd-Funding Campaign Launched

Castle Documentary Crowd-Funding Campaign Launched

The recently formed Castle of the Island Society held a launch at the River Island Hotel in Castleisland on Friday, June 2nd. This launch was held in order to promote the society which aspires to make a documentary about the history of Castleisland Castle this coming summer. A number of short videos outlining the contentsRead more…

Promotional Video Launch for Castle Film Project

Promotional Video Launch for Castle Film Project

The River Island Hotel will be the venue on Friday night, June 2nd at 8:45pm for the launch of a Castleisland Castle Promotional Video project. Castleisland Castle was known in medieval times as ‘the Castle of the Island’ and t was described at the end of the 16th century as ‘A high monstrous castle, builtRead more…

John Fitzmaurice, Knockavallig, Duagh and The Battle of Waterloo

John Fitzmaurice, Knockavallig, Duagh and The Battle of Waterloo

In 1811, a young Kerryman named John Fitzmaurice from Knockavallig, Duagh, left the county on a ship bound for Portugal where he met the Duke of Wellington and joined the Green Jackets, the 95th Rifle Corps as a volunteer. His first footsteps in the peninsula were through the strategic lines of Torres Vedras, a placeRead more…