What have the Irish ever done for us?

What have the Irish ever done for us? – Coming soon

FOR centuries the Irish have had an impact on the world far beyond what you would expect for a tiny nation on the edge of Europe. In What have the Irish ever done for us?...

Robert James Graves – the medical moderniser

DUBLINER Robert James Graves was one of the leading physicians of his era and had a major influence in modernising medical practice throughout Britain...

Paul Kane, Irish-Canadian painter

Died #OTD in 1871, Paul Kane who was born in Mallow, north Cork in 1810 was one of the most important North American artists...

Jasper O’Farrell – planning San Francisco

WEXFORD native Jasper O'Farrell led an extraordinary life of adventure in the New World and was instrumental in laying the foundations for what would...

Sheridan Le Fanu, horror pioneer died #OTD in 1873

Along with the American writer HP Lovecraft, Sheridan Le Fanu is often regarded as one of the originators of the modern horror fiction genre. Born...

Robert Boyle – ‘The Sceptical Chymist’

One of the leading scientists of his day, Robert Boyle was born #OTD in Lismore, Co. Waterford in 1627. Regarded as the father of...

JFK delivers first televised press conference

#OTD in 1961 President John F. Kennedy delivers the first live presidential television news conference in Washington, D.C.

Nellie Bly – Around the world in 72 days!

#OTD in 1890, Irish American journalist Nellie Bly completed her famous round the world trip in 72 days. She set out to beat the...

Shays’ Rebellion – Springfield Massachusetts

#OTD in 1787 the largest confrontation in Shay's Rebellion took place at the Springfield Armory in Massachusetts. The uprising, led by Irish-American revolutionary war...

William Congreve – playwright

Playwright and poet William Congreve who grew up in Youghal, Co. Cork and attended Kilkenny College was born on this day in 1670. A friend...

Arthur Guinness,

On this Day in 1804, Arthur Guinness, founder of the Guinness brewery died in Dublin. He was responsible for moving the brewery from Leixlip...