Lady Singleton had, however, something to blame or rectify with every step she took. At Belfast where they remained a day, she proved as she stood on the bridge, that it should have been erected upon twenty arches instead of twenty-one... that the canal which connects the harbour with Lough Neagh was formed against every principle and system of inland navigation. At Carrickfergus where they were shown the spot on which King William landed, she discovered he had chosen the worst place on the coast.

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The following hand-picked links will take you to resources on Irish history museums, 1798, the Famine, 1916, the 'Troubles' and more.
Time flies whether you're having fun or not... the Fianna site at RootsWeb provides a broad broad timeline of Irish history going back to 10,000 BC. Brendan O'Brien gives us a more specific chronology of Ireland from the 1600s to present day, with a search feature included.
Vincent Morley provides lots of information and images of Irish flags. Not just the tricolour, mind you, but also the county and city council flags, St. Patrick's Cross, the Starry Plough and lots more. Includes images and history, a great reference.
If you're looking for a map, visit The Ireland Story for online Irish maps, an extensive introduction and timeline on Irish history, and information on Northern Ireland politics and administration. A lot of useful information here...
History Ireland (Ireland's illustrated history magazine...)
The National Print Museum in Dublin has a very informative site with details of their interesting exhibit on the history and craft of printing. An excellent set of links, including resources for those interested in letterpress printing.
The Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh, County Tyrone, is an outdoor museum devoted to telling the story of emigration from Ulster to America during the 17th and 18th centuries. The interactive map gives a good idea of what the museum is all about...
The National 1798 Visitor Centre in Enniscorthy, County Wexford provides a good history of the 1798 Rebellion... the leaders, weapons, flags, ballads and songs, and more. Very nicely done.
Steve Taylor has compiled a really useful resource called Views of the Famine. It includes old online articles and images from The Illustrated London News, Punch, The Cork Examiner and others... and a really good set of links to other famine-related sites.
The History Place website provides a useful historical overview of the Irish Potato Famine with some period illustrations.
Here's the Easter 1916 Proclamation, along with biographies of the leaders and a photo tour of important places.
View images from our own collection of Easter 1916 postcards... a very young De Valera, the devastated interior of the GPO, the destruction in the centre of Dublin after the Rising, and more. A brief commentary accompanies each image.
Sara's Michael Collins Site includes lots of biographical information, photos and links to related sources on "the man who made modern Ireland possible."
Visit Find A Grave to see the final resting places of Irish historical figures like Patrick Pearse or Michael Collins... check their list at Arbour Lane Cemetery for many of those from Easter 1916.
Val Malin-Rowe's site is a tribute to Grace Gifford Plunkett which also includes links to other resources on Easter 1916...
Musician Patrick Water's website includes biographical info on the 1916 signatories.
The official Irish and British government sites offer information and perspectives on the conflict in the north... links to their sites can be found on our Information Resources page.
CAIN (Conflict Archive on the Internet) Web Service is an exceptional site, providing extensive online information and source material on the conflict in the north of Ireland. If you want to gain a better understanding of a very complex issue spend some time at this site. Highly recommended.
Hidden Truths: Bloody Sunday 1972 is an online exhibit of works by eighteen photographers... a moving, disturbing, graphic portrayal of the tragic events of January 30, 1972.
Britain's Small Wars is a website about worldwide conflicts involving British troops. Their section on 'The Troubles' focuses on the history of the British security forces who have served in Ulster.
Co-operation Ireland is the leading charity working to bring a lasting peace to the island of Ireland. Active since 1979, Co-operation Ireland is helping to make permanent peace a reality by bringing people together from different religious backgrounds in Northern Ireland and by bringing people together from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Co-operation Ireland is non-sectarian and non-religious and draws its support from people from all backgrounds in Ireland, Britain and the USA.
Senator Fergal Quinn's Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) site does a great job of explaining what's going on in the Dáil, and reading his 'stance on issues' provides a quick and interesting insight into current affairs under debate in the government. A newsletter, links and more...
Republic of Ireland political party websites: Fianna Fáil... Fine Gael... Irish Labour... The Green Party... Sinn Féin...
Northern Ireland political party websites: Social Democratic & Labour Party (SDLP)... Alliance Party... Democratic Unionist Party... Ulster Unionist Party... Northern Ireland Women's Coalition...
The National Archives of Ireland
The Women's History Association of Ireland website gives details of ongoing projects and the group's yearly conference.
Slí na mBan (The Way of Women) is the result of a video and internet documentary project which began in Ireland in 1998 and featured interviews with Irish women activists.
The Wild Geese Today is an extensive site devoted to articles and stories about the exploits of Irish exiles who became, as poet Emily Lawless said: "Fighters in every clime --- Every cause but our own." Irish soldiers in France, in America's Civil War, in Argentina, in Chile...
Robert Emmet commemorative website: (1778-1803) Irish orator and patriot
The names of Irish men and women on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, D.C.
Learn more about the tragedy of the Magdalen Laundries, where poor unwed pregnant girls were forced to work...
Dubliner Ken Finlay is working away scanning old books and writing articles on life in the city for Chapters in Dublin History. An extensive collection of online versions of old Dublin history books (most pre-1910), illustrations, postcards, maps, anecdotes and memoirs.
The Irish Railway Record Society is based at Heuston Station, Dublin. The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland keeps trains from the golden era of the Thirties out running the tracks.
Áras an Uachtaráin is the official residence of the Irish president. You can take a virtual tour, find out all about the building's history, and read biographies of all the Irish presidents (Mary McAleese, Mary Robinson, Patrick J Hillery, Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh, Erskine Childers, Eamon De Valera, Séan T O'Ceallaigh, Douglas Hyde).
The SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) is an international organisation dedicated to researching and recreating pre-17th-century European history. Members are often 'living history' re-enactors who strive for authenticity in their events, but there's lots of humour too... it's a whole other world! If you're seriously interested in Celtic, ancient, medieval, or renaissance culture (history, clothing and costume, customs, food, combat, heraldry, etc.) visit this extensive site.
H-Albion is an academic discussion network for British and Irish history... book reviews of scholarly works, information on upcoming conferences, etc.
The Irish Quaternary Association features web-based resources and discussion communities on topics like the Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Irish placenames, cartography, Irish settlement and agriculture studies and more.
The Internet Medieval Sourcebook is a massive collection of links to original source materials. Online versions of St. Patrick's Confession... the Life of St. Columban by Jonas the Monk... that sort of thing.
Do you want Norman knights, a jousting exhibition, Viking longships, serving wenches, entertainers, cavalry, crossbowmen and or other things historical for your event or school program? Based in County Wexford, Montague Heritage Services "brings history to life" with historical reenactment specialists.
Irish Defence Forces Insignia Collection (badges, wings, rank markings...)
John Stafford-Langan provides lots of photos and history of Irish coinage over the centuries, with some info on banknotes too... Sigh... Euros just won't be the same...