The Shamefvll ende of Bishop John Atherton.

The Shamefvll ende of Bishop John Atherton. or in modern day English, the shameful end of Bishop John Atherton is probably a good example of”Be careful what you wish for because you may just get it” John Atherton  was the Anglican Bishop of Waterford and Lismore in the Church of Ireland. But prior to thatContinue reading “The Shamefvll ende of Bishop John Atherton.”

Hitler’s Irish sister in law.

Bridget Dowling born on July 3, 1891 in Dublin. She grew up at Flemings Place, near Mespil Road.  She was still in her teens when she met Adolf Hitler’s half brother Alois Hitler, Jr. at the Dublin Horse Show in the RDS in 1909. Alois had pretended to be a wealthy hotelier who was touringContinue reading “Hitler’s Irish sister in law.”

Richard Hayes AKA Captain Gray-Ireland’s WWII code breaker.

Although Ireland was neutral during WWII it didn’t stay completely out of the war.There were even some famous Irish war heroes like the Beamish brothers from Cork who became RAF flying aces. On the other hand there were less conspicuous heroes, unlikely heroes even like Limerick man Richard Hayes. He was born in Abbeyfeale, Co.Continue reading “Richard Hayes AKA Captain Gray-Ireland’s WWII code breaker.”

Hitler in Dublin, Ireland.

Many people think that Hitler committed suicide on April 30, 1945. This is not true, he actually died on May 20, 1956 in a traffic accident  aged 74 in Nidwalden, Switzerland. But before I am getting a whole bunch of emails and comments saying how wrong I am ,please allow me to explain. I am talkingContinue reading “Hitler in Dublin, Ireland.”

Cairbre aka Slats- A Real Dubliner

Born on March 20 1919, Cairbre is probably one of the most famous Dubliners to have ever lived, but yet hardly anyone knows him. Maybe it’s because he was renamed to Slats? As so many stars, Cairbre came from humble beginnings. There was no crib or hostel for him when he was born, there mayContinue reading “Cairbre aka Slats- A Real Dubliner”

Pádraig Pearse’s letter to his Mother.

Born in Dublin on Great Brunswick Street (now Pearse Street), he was educated by the Christian Brothers at Westland Row, before taking a scholarship to the Royal University (University College Dublin) to study law. He was one of only 30 people to know that the Rising would take place in the days building up toContinue reading “Pádraig Pearse’s letter to his Mother.”

U-638 & Irish Elm-How tourism saved an Irish ship from sinking.

Even though Ireland was a neutral country during WWII it didn’t escape the war completely unscathed.It was especially it’s mercantile marine which was affected by the German Navy. Admiral Karl Dönitz had issued a standing order to U-boats on 4 September 1940, which defined belligerent, neutral and friendly powers. Neutral included “Ireland in particular”. TheContinue reading “U-638 & Irish Elm-How tourism saved an Irish ship from sinking.”

Limerick,Dublin,Galway,California and a Prince from Montenegro.

No this is not a fairy tale. It is something you could refer to as ‘History at your doorstep’It is a local bit of history with touches two sides of the Atlantic ocean and ancient mainland Europe. Milo Petrović-Njegoš ( 1889–1978) was a prince of Montenegro. He was a direct descendant of Radul Petrović, brother of Prince-Bishopric DaniloContinue reading “Limerick,Dublin,Galway,California and a Prince from Montenegro.”

Happy 122nd Birthday,Count Dracula.

When I was a young boy, Count Dracula scared the crap out of me.Having an older brother pretending the Count didn’t help either. The fear was so real that to this day I still have a phobia for Bats. Little did I know then I would end up living in the country where the legendContinue reading “Happy 122nd Birthday,Count Dracula.”

Kazys Škirpa-Lithuanian Diplomat;Russian Teacher and War Criminal

There are several things that amaze me in the story of this man. Firstly even though I have read a lot about the Holocaust I had never heard of him, his name was pointed out to me by an acquaintance. Secondly he actually lived in Ireland for three years after the war, from 1946 toContinue reading “Kazys Škirpa-Lithuanian Diplomat;Russian Teacher and War Criminal”