Irish Historial Articles

The Battle of Jadotville

In 1961, as part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission and in response to the request by the newly formed Congolese Government, 155 Irish soldiers  of “A” company of the 35th Battalion, found themselves at the remote mining town of Jadotville. Unbeknownst to them, they had been sent on a mission which they were expected to fail and one which would put them centre stage in the cold war between the Western powers and the Soviet Union. These remarkable Irish troops fought with incredible courage and discipline and largely due to the exceptional leadership of Commandant Quinlan and the professionalism of their NCOs suffered no fatalities. These men were heroes and it was a privilege for me to have this article published.  Read the full article on Irish Central.


Contract Killers in the Wild West !

 Sixteenth Centrury Connaught could be an extremely dangerous place! It had yet to be brought to heel by the English and power was mercurial. Amongst the clans, an Internecine war was common with allegiances frequently shifting between rival clans and crown forces.

In the West of Ireland, vast tracts of land were still controlled by Irish and Norman-Irish Catholic clans, and the De Burcas or Bourkes/Burkes were the major players. This deadly power game would allow the Crown to take advantage of clan rivalries and in the case of the De Burcas, to take full advantage of the deepening rivalry between the Mayo and Galway De Burcas. This would ultimately lead to the total subjugation of Ireland and the complete collapse of the clan system. Read the full article on Irish Central.


The Wizard Earl of Kilkea Castle

Gerald Fitzgerald 11th Earl of Kildare was born in 1525. A time of great upheaval and volatility for an Anglo-Irish Aristocrat and especially, for a Roman Catholic. He was the son of Gerald Fitzgerald 9th Earl of Kildare and Elizabeth Grey Countess of Kildare.  An Astrologist, Scientist and Alchemist and It was because of this interest in the emerging sciences that Gerald gained a reputation as a Sorcerer, practitioner of the black arts and the  soubriquet “The Wizard Earl" Read the full article on Irish Central.


The Battle of Waterloo and the Irish

Fighting for the King’s shilling - the Irish at war under an Irish Duke of Wellington fought and died in battle against Napoleon. For almost a millennium the Irish have contributed men and military expertise to the English and British Crown from the Hobelar light cavalry in the 1200s to the First World War and beyond.

The 18th June  marks over two hundred years since probably the most significant battle in the history of the western world took place - The Battle of Waterloo. Read the full article on Irish Central.


Roscommon's Lady Betty - thief, murderer, and executioner

Elizabeth Sugrue was not a popular figure in Co Roscommon. She was known to have a violent temper, had robbed and murdered her son, and had literally saved her own neck by volunteering to hang 25 individuals including children.

Elizabeth Sugrue was born in Co Kerry around 1750. Her husband had died, leaving her with two young children. Eviction from the farm soon followed and she was forced to take to the road.

Read the full article on Irish Central