Seeing the light

LAST week, I was on my way to Dublin airport on the happy errand of collecting our youngest and her husband, who were visiting for an extended weekend. With the most recent changes to the traffic system at Newlands Cross,...

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Rathmoyle revisited

IF YOU have been following this column over the last few weeks, you will know that a stroll down Lansdowne Road has yielded a deal of information on the comings and goings of the family of Charles Loftus Townshend and...

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Falling through the cracks

LAST week, while exploring Laois connections to early 20th-century Dublin, I indulged in a bit of family nostalgia as I...

Wednesday, 08/04/15 - 4:07pm Read More

A walk down Lansdowne Road

IT’S been a while since I found myself in the environs of the capital with time on my hands. But...

Wednesday, 01/04/15 - 3:36pm Read More

Within The Pale

LAST week, I happened to come across a report concerning the latest revision of Irish statute law. Ordinarily, such a...

Wednesday, 25/03/15 - 9:56am Read More

Dictionary corner

SOME weeks back, I was getting excited about the pre-publication subscriber list to William Wilson’s Post Chaise Companion. His traveller’s...

Wednesday, 18/03/15 - 12:34pm Read More

A lot talked now

SOME weeks ago when I visited Kevin Higgins in Abbeyleix, he asked if I would be interested in giving a...

Wednesday, 11/03/15 - 2:48pm Read More

Pedal power

LAST week, I got into a bit of reverie about motoring and all that it entailed in times past and,...

Wednesday, 04/03/15 - 11:29am Read More

Ford ability

LAST week, I happened on a comment which our eldest had posted on social media. She had scored 100% on...

Wednesday, 25/02/15 - 3:57pm Read More

Reverend Connections

BEFORE I finally release you from my most recent obsession with William Wilson’s Post-Chaise Companion, specifically, his list of subscribers,...

Wednesday, 18/02/15 - 3:42pm Read More

Hidden treasures

I ALWAYS have a sense of excitement when I am about to examine an old publication for the first time....

Wednesday, 11/02/15 - 4:08pm Read More

The Post-Chaise Companion

LAST week, in the course of my ramblings as I negotiated the Great Heath 10k, I made reference to the...

Wednesday, 04/02/15 - 10:03am Read More

My race is run

THERE comes a time in January when you just know it is no longer appropriate to continue to wish people...

Wednesday, 28/01/15 - 3:34pm Read More

Voyage of the century

EXACTLY one hundred years ago today, on 20 January 1915, Ernest Shackleton and his crew, on board the Endurance, were waking...

Wednesday, 21/01/15 - 3:08pm Read More

A place in history

By now, little Christmas has passed, and superstition suggests that, if you have any vestige of Christmas decoration remaining, things...

Wednesday, 14/01/15 - 10:35am Read More

A walk into 2015

Happy New Year one and all, and welcome to our first outing of 2015. No matter how hard you try,...

Wednesday, 07/01/15 - 10:37am Read More

Christmas Bookings

IF there’s one sure sign of Christmas, it’s a book launch. I have been at two within the last ten...

Wednesday, 17/12/14 - 4:00pm Read More

Around the Baybay

REGULAR readers will know that, from time to time, I take them along with me on a cycling odyssey. You...

Wednesday, 19/11/14 - 3:43pm Read More

‘The Liberator’ is in good company

LAST week I was recalling a recent trip to London, during which I spent some time pounding the streets around...

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