An Irishman abroad but not for much longer?

“Red” Hugh O’Donnell (1572-1602) was an Irish chieftain who fought a series of battles against English armies between 1595 and the beginning of 1602 (during the Nine Years’ War which actually ran from 1593 to 1603), one of his less successful opponents being the Earl of Essex. O’Donnell ruled Tir Chonaill in the extreme north-west… Continue reading An Irishman abroad but not for much longer?

Shiver me timbers, it’s Cap’n Columbus….!

Ignorance of history prevails today, and nowhere more so than cable TV! I have just seen a fleeting image of Christopher Columbus, dressed in ostrich-feathered tricorn, flared and lavishly braided coat, knee breeches, white stockings and high-heeled buckled shoes. Oh, and with oodles of lace spilling from his huge decorated cuffs. He looked soooooo 1492,… Continue reading Shiver me timbers, it’s Cap’n Columbus….!

Henry Tudor Sailed the Oceans Blue?

In fourteen hundred and ninety-two, Henry Tudor Sailed the Oceans Blue?  No, no, we all know that’s NOT the way the rhyme goes…however, apparently, some publishers do not know the difference between the English king and the explorer Christopher Columbus. A picture of Henry VII, labelled as Columbus, recently appeared in a child’s history textbook… Continue reading Henry Tudor Sailed the Oceans Blue?