The Banim Brothers and Windgap Cottage

Paddy Neary The writers Michael and John Banim were born in Kilkenny city, Michael was born on the 5th August 1796, while John was born on the 1st April 1798. During their lifetimes the brothers collaborated in many published works (twenty-four in total), mainly about life in Kilkenny and its characters under the Collective title “Tales by […]

Thomas Moore

Paddy Neary Thomas Moore was born at 12 Aungier Street in Dublin on 28th May 1779. His father came from Kerry, while his mother Anastasia Codd came from Wexford. He had two younger sisters. From an early age Moore showed an interest in music and other performing arts. Sometimes he appeared in musical plays and […]

John O’Donovan of Attatimore

John O’Donovan of Attatimore Peter McQuillan Who was John O’Donovan? We’ll let him tell you himself. In an autograph letter dated October 8th 1843 he wrote “I was born on the townland of Attatimore (Áit an Tigh Mór – the place of the big house) on 3rd August 1809. My father died… when I was […]