In Pictures: Kilmainham Gaol

Mondays have taken on a recent tradition of visits to various historical sites around Dublin by Pamela and I in pursuit of ideas for my new book on Dublin in the Revolutionary period. Today, it was off to Kilmainham Gaol. I’ve been on several occasions previously, always with students in tow. And while I reallyContinue reading “In Pictures: Kilmainham Gaol”

Living in the Shadow of History: Swords

With a view like this from the window of my childhood bedroom, it’s probably not all that surprising that the past has captured my imagination.  I grew up conscious that I was living in the shadow of the 80-foot-tall residence of the Plunkett family who had resided at Dunsoghly Castle between the fifteenth and nineteenthContinue reading “Living in the Shadow of History: Swords”