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More about Boolavogue

The lyrics to Boolavogue were written by Patrick Joseph (PJ) McCall and set to the Irish air Eochaill, or Youghal Harbour. There are many versions of this well-loved song on the net. Probably the best-known is the one I heard … Continue reading

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Book sale – special Christmas offer

This offer is now closed – thank you to everyone who ordered ‘A Rebel Hand’ at the reduced price!   From today until December 24th we’re offering A Rebel Hand: Nicholas Delaney of 1798 at the special price of £6.50, … Continue reading

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The day we met the President

The Irish presidential election is in the news these days – it takes place on Thursday, 27 October 2011. There are seven hopefuls in the race, some more controversial than others. It reminds me of the day, 13 years ago, … Continue reading

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Was Sarah murdered? Is she a famous ghost?

For a change from thinking about Nicholas, I typed Sarah Marshall into Google. She’s my g-g-g grandmother, a convict who arrived in New South Wales on the Friendship in 1818. She married* John Simpson (Ocean II, arr 1818) and later … Continue reading

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Two surprise finds

I’m excited by this. OK, perhaps I’m easily pleased, but it was a real delight to find the clip of Graham Norton’s Who Do You Think You Are? in which he learns about his yeoman ancestor in Carnew, just days … Continue reading

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New look

Have you noticed? Did you wonder if you’d come to the right site? After using a custom (very attractive) header, I’ve changed it to match the header on the website for A Rebel Hand: Nicholas Delaney of 1798. Images used … Continue reading

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Questions

Some follow-up thoughts over the past few days. Story of Ireland Bob commented on Story of Ireland: 1798, wondering why the last episode of Story of Ireland was rescheduled. It was moved from its regular slot at 1900 on Monday … Continue reading

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The Trial of Nicholas Delaney: Murderer or Victim?

Accusation Nicholas Delaney was on trial for his life. Along with his friend Edward Neil, he was charged with the murder of Richard Twamley and George Heppenstall. With three other United Irishmen, he was also charged with abducting John Hope … Continue reading

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Book sale! St Patrick’s Day celebration.

I’m off to the Irish Book Fair tomorrow, Saturday 5th, with a special offer. It takes place every year, around St Patrick’s Day (March 17th) at the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith, London W6, and it’s always worth a visit. … Continue reading

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The Trial of Nicholas Delaney (Australia Day challenge)

The ealiest document about my great-great-great grandfather, Nicholas Delaney, is the record of his trial for murder. The manuscript is in the National Library of Ireland in Dublin. In November 1799, at the courthouse in Wicklow, he was charged with … Continue reading

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Australia Day ‘earliest document’ challenge

I know, it’s not Australia Day (Jan 26th) yet, in fact it’s still Burns Night here… But I’ve been a bit caught up in Real Life and horribly neglected this blog. Luckily, I was inspired by Inside History magazine and … Continue reading

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