Eoin MacNeil – was born in Co Antrim May 15th 1869 – the second youngest child in a family…Continue
"That's Just How It Was"
By Mary Thorpe
This work is a labor of love by the writer Mary Thorpe as a tribute to her much-loved Granny O Rourke (nee Nolan) in an attempt to place the stories she heard and was told into a true and historical context. As a social worker who came across many cases of social deprivation in modern times, in the various social work departments in which she worked in the southeast and northwest of England, Mary had the dawning realization regarding what her own grandmother had been through in even harder times in the late part of the 19th and early part of the 20th century in Ireland and sought to record this.
Mary uses the life of Bridget to celebrate the achievements of other women in Dublin and Bray, in fact, from all over Ireland, in this era, and as such, this story will be of interest to anyone with Irish ancestry. Mary hopes her readers will enjoy the mix of history and biography as an authentic record of times past and that this will be an addition to Celtic history from an empathetic and homespun point of view. Mary clearly believes that our roots are as important just as our word is our bond.
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As a child running around the garden’s and fields in Wolfe Tone Square where I was raised, playing with friends on the Bray Head that rose above the Town of Bray m I was always fascinated by Butterflies and their many different colours of beautiful wings. Trying to catch them in jam jars, to have a good look at them. I say ‘trying to catch’ because that…Continue
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Martha “Matilda “ Tone [ wife of Theobald Wolfe Tone] was born in Dublin to Catherine Witherington [née Fanning]. Records show that her father was listed as a Woolen Draper, a Wine Merchant and a merchant between the years 1768 - 1793, some…Continue
A heroine, beyond any doubt, our own Irish Joan of Arc, was Betsy Grey, a folk hero to all of Ulster, with both loyalist and republicans claiming her as their own. She was a Presbyterian, with links to the United Irishman, a nonsectarian revolutionary movement, as were her father, brother and her…Continue