Ireland's Eye Staff


32 Lakes in 32 Counties

I was born in Co. Fermanagh within sight of the winding banks of Erne, and the lakes of Ireland have always held for me a deep and enduring fascination.

The Funny Side of the GAA

From the beginning the GAA has had a history of abrasive characters, with the gift of rubbing people up the wrong way. Michael Cusack will always be remembered for his role in founding the GAA in 1884.

A Russian Girl in Ireland

While spending time at an English school in Dublin, an Irish friend I met asked me to write down what I thought about Ireland. It was suggested to me that I say something about Russia too.

The Battle of Kinsale

The Battle of Kinsale has been marked on the Irish side by a series of mistakes, misadventures and failure of proper communication that dogged this major historical event, and which would have repercussions over the following 400 years for Ireland.

The Magic of the Cinema Long Ago

No child of modern times could imagine the magic long ago attached to going to the pictures. We had no television in Ireland in the fifties and radio was operated with wet and dry batteries, which our family bought in O’Donoghue’s Electrical in Thurles.

Round Towers Are Special To Ireland

Archaeologists and students of architecture have drawn, photographed, surveyed and excavated selected round towers of Ireland in efforts to understand their origins and uses.

Cliona Hagan – The Tyrone singer oozing with talent

When you hear Cliona Hagan sing, and if you did not know any better, you’d swear she came out of Nashville. This young Tyrone-born beauty is oozing with talent and confidence, such is her vocal ability and great stage presence.

Gone with the Wind – The Irish Link

Margaret Mitchell’s epic novel of love, jealousy, loyalty and war, “Gone with the Wind” was published in June, 1936. Producer David O. Selznick, recognising its cinematic potential, bought the film rights from Mitchell for fifty thousand dollars in July of the same year.

The Lure of Charity Shops

Anytime I stop in a big town I try to search out local charity shops. Finding them is not easy sometimes, because of inconspicuous shop-fronts.

The Irish in Australia: explorers and settlers

In the early decades of European settlement in Australia, the majority of Irish people were convicts. There was only one thing worse than an Irish convict man: an Irish convict woman!