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Buried Treasure in Galway Bay – 1932

THE ADVERTISER (ADELAIDE) 25TH JUNE, 1932 (Abridged) There is the case of the diver who was working on a wreck off the coast of Galway – a portion of the coast where, rumour had it, a Spanish galleon (one of the ships of the Armada) had gone down, centuries before. An old fisherman told the … Continue reading

O’Brien’s pipe – 1894

https://widgetworld3.wordpress.com/podcasts/ Freeman’s Journal 13th January 1894 In the Abbey of Corcunrue (sic.) County Clare, the tomb of Donough O’Brien can still be seen, and on it there is a carved effigy of his ancient Majesty lying in state with an unmistakable pipe in his jaw. This particular O’Brien died in 1267, two and a half … Continue reading

Curious Exports – 1836

(The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser 12th April 1836 p2 (abridged) In the course of the summer, almost incredible quantities of brooms, made of heath, have been shipped from this port, chiefly tor Glasgow;  and considerable gain must have been acquired by the persons engaged in that humble trade. How the brooms have been supplied with shafts … Continue reading

The Olympic and…Titanic – 1909

https://widgetworld3.wordpress.com/podcasts/ THE SPOKANE PRESS, 16TH JUNE 1909 BELFAST IRELAND The limit in big ships is being reached here in the building of two great giants of the sea. They are to be called the “Olympic” and the “Titanic”.  When they go splashing through the ocean from New York to England and France, old Neptune himself, … Continue reading

Diving bell brothers – 1831

Colonial Times – 7 January 1831 Three brothers of the name of Owen, of Holyhead, lately invented a diving-bell, about the size and form of a churn, by which they can be dressed and remain for many hours in fifteen fathoms of water, moving from place to place with considerable facility. With this simple apparatus they … Continue reading

Mystery of the Irish Crown Jewels – 1912

https://widgetworld3.wordpress.com/podcasts/ THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL 1st December 1912 FUGITIVE TRAILED AROUND THE GLOBE by Thomas Emmet Dublin The arrest in Angola, West AFrica, of Francis Shakleton, formerly Dublin herald and a brother of the famous Antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton, has created a tremendous sensation throughout Ireland. It is expected that, at last, the famous … Continue reading

This Christmas Night

May your sleep be sound And your heart be light With memories warm this Christmas night. God bless.

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – 1870

https://widgetworld3.wordpress.com/podcasts/ Australian Town and Country Journal 24th December 1870 p16/17 “A Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.” Could there be a heartier sentiment? Is not all that is genial, and kind, and friendly embodied in the sentence? So should it be; for Christmas time is surely a period when the most generous promptings of … Continue reading

Breeching the law? 1826

The Australian 5th January, 1826 p3/4 https://widgetworld3.wordpress.com/podcasts/ (abridged) Mary Hartigan, a daughter of Erin, was introduced to the magistrates notice last week. The preceding night constables met with Miss Hartigan (who seemed to ‘tower above her sex’) parading the streets dressed not in silks and satins, but in good substantial brogues and corduroy inexpressibles, and … Continue reading

Typhoid Mary – 1909

https://widgetworld3.wordpress.com/podcasts/ Willmar Tribune, 20th October, 1909 p3 The Autocracy of Boards of Health (edited) The health board of the city of New York has got an innocent, strong capable Irish woman, who used to be a cook in a private family. By evidence that appeals only to a bacteriologist, they convicted this poor woman of … Continue reading

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