Author: Bruce Gaston

Common Irish surnames and their derivations

There’s a long and interesting article about common Irish surnames and their derivations on the Irish Medieval History page on facebook. It’s got some snippets of information I wasn’t aware of either. I’d always assumed anyone Irish with a French-sounding…

We’re on Twitter!

Irish History Compressed now has a Twitter feed under the rather squashed moniker of http://twitter.com/HistoryCompr (You’d think with over 500 million users the twelve-character limit on Twitter names would need to be lifted…) That means that from now on you…

Ireland and the World Wars on Pinterest

It’s all been a bit quiet around here recently as attention has been focused on back-end things such as redesigning and optimising the website. I’ve also been procrastinating a bit by playing around with Pinterest, and I decided to move…

The various IRAs

(Note: I have tried to keep this account as factual as possible and my own views out of it, so any political slant and/or bias people read into it is as much a product of their minds as my words!)…

Book Review: The Outrages

The Outrages 1920-1922: IRA & Ulster Special Constabulary Pearse Lawlor MERCIER PRESS Cork According to the publishers: The Outrages gives an account of the major incidents, now slipping from local memory, as the War of Independence escalated from attacks on…