- Irish Historypresent
- McMaster UniversityB.A. Philosophy, 1986 - 1989
- McMaster UniversityB.A. (Hons.) English Literature, 1994 - 1996
- University of GuelphM.A. Literature & Performance Studies in English, 1997 - 1999
School days, school days, dear old golden rule days, Reading and 'riting and 'rithmatic, taught to the tune of the hickory stick. You were my queen in calico, I was your bashful, barefoot beau, You wrote on my slate, 'I love you Joe', when we were a couple...
Van Gogh's Sorrowing Old Man (At Eternity's Gate), a painting sometimes associated with mental illness. Mental illness can be one of those uncomfortable topics some of us may not want to talk about; nevertheless, we may find evidence of it on our family tr...
The hands of some Fitzpatrick and Hynes family members. For those of us who spend an inordinate amount of time writing on a laptop or desktop computer, when we kick against the traces of the tech world and take a pen in hand, our writing may show those mark...
In St. Stephen's Green is a bust honouring Joyce. The quotation, "Crossing Stephen's, that is, my green", is from Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Happy Bloomsday! Unfortunately, today I am not in my beloved Dublin to celebrate Bloomsday; ho...
Secret police files relating to Easter Rising released
Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) obsessively monitored future rebels
Sonar images of Lusitania emerge ahead of sinking’s centenary
President Higgins to attend commemoration in Cobh along with US, UK and German officials
Irish Roots: establishment of Ireland as European centre of genealogical...
Anyone with even the remotest interest in Irish genealogy should read this new report
A warrior for peace – An Irishman’s Diary about Frank Sheehy-Skeffington
Pacifist, feminist and all-round radical
17 Tips + 1 for Family History/Genealogy Research in Ireland
Visitors trotting by on James Street, Dublin. My original list of thirteen tips plus one, first published in 2010 as a post on this blog, ha
Wills of Dickens, Churchill, and Turing made available
UK makes millions of wills publicly available online
1914 Christmas truce: all quiet on the western front as guns were silenced
A hundred years ago this week, first World War soldiers called a brief halt to carnage
Will & Grace star Sean Patrick Hayes looks for his Irish roots
HE IS better known here as Jack McFarland in the popular NBC sitcom 'Will & Grace' but actor Sean Patrick Hayes is a Kerryman and wants to c
The Kerry workhouse girls who became Australian pioneers
‘They lived in the bush or went to the goldmines’: the Earl Grey scheme saw 4,000 destitute Irish girls, including 117 from Kerry, transport
TIGS transcribes NY burial records with place of origin
A unique and valuable new resource has resulted from a project managed by Troy Irish Genealogy Society (TIGS): transcriptions of 12,731 reco
Waves of emigration leave a legacy of love and loss behind
Opinion: ‘The report is a reminder that behind all the emigration statistics over the past 200 years, and despite the modern revolution in t
First World War memorial bedroom to fallen French soldier - Telegraph
French soldier's bedroom to be preserved 'for 500 years' as reminder of his sacrifice in Great War
Culture Shock: Death by a thousand cuts – the terrible way we treat our ...
These precious institutions came from a 19th-century optimism about the spread of literacy and enlightenment. Now nobody with any power give
THE GENEABLOGGERS' FIRST WORLD WAR CHALLENGE :THE BLOGPOSTS PT2
Welcome to Part2! Several contributors submitted lists of blogposts they'd done on World War One which necessitated my splitting the roundup
Genealogy site left personal data open to identity thieves, says commiss...
Hawkes says having citizens’ details freely available online a ‘shocking’ example of public service failure