One out of every 150 Irish people is a Traveller. The history of this ethnic minority is very different to that of the ‘Country’ (settled) community. Meath-based historian Liam McNiffe attempts to dispel some of the myths, while elaborating on the changing relationship between Travellers and the ‘Country’ people since the Famine.
As our current ‘plague year’ continues with exciting new variants, Angela Keogh, author of ‘plague novel’ The Winter Dress - which was short listed for last year’s Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair (2020) - offers a detailed account of the history of the Black Death in Ireland. The bubonic plague arrived in the country in 1348 while in the process of killing half the population of Europe. It had a similarly devastating effect on Ireland.
Between 1915 and 1921 members of Myles Dungan’s extended family were involved in four murders. One took place in the American ‘Wild West’, the other three happened in County Meath during the Irish War of Independence. The latter deaths were symptomatic of the land hunger, paranoia and vindictiveness of the revolutionary era. The story of these deaths is narrated in the bestselling book, Four Killings: Land Hunger, Murder and Family in the Irish Revolution.