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Captain William Hobson survived three bouts of yellow fever and twice being captured by pirates to become the first governor of New Zealand. Image: Wikimedia Commons

William Hobson survived three bouts of yellow fever and twice being captured by pirates to become the first governor of New Zealand. Despite his abili(...)

Thomas Heazle Parke undergoing a ‘blood brotherhood ritual’. Illustration from Heazle Parke’s book, ‘My personal experiences in equatorial Africa as medical officer of the Emin Pasha relief expedition’/ Wikimedia Commons

“What about Livingstone?”Agnetha and Anni-Frid harmonised on Abba’s 1974 album Waterloo. What about all those Victorian men who thought fame and renow(...)

Margaret Barry with Dominic Behan.

In the 1930s, a 16-year-old took to the roads of Ireland to make her living as a street singer. Her striking appearance and waist-length black hair co(...)

Annie Besant filled halls across Britain as one of the National Secular Society’s most effective public speakers, and worked as a journalist for the National Reformer.

In 1874, Annie Besant left her controlling husband and reinvented herself as one of Victorian Britain’s leading activists. Fifteen years later, she re(...)

“Poetry has never let me down. Without poetry, I would have found life less comprehensible, less bearable and infinitely less enjoyable.”

Mullingar-born Josephine Hart harnessed early tragedy to become a publisher, writer, poetry promoter and television producer. She moved in London’s gl(...)

Jocelyn Bell Burnell is popularly known for being denied a share in the 1974 Nobel Prize for physics: ‘I have had so many prizes … that actually I think I have had far more fun than if I’d got a Nobel Prize, which is a bit flash-in-the-pan.’

While gender imbalance continues in astronomy and astrophysics, some remarkable Irishwomen have strategically navigated the male-dominated scientific (...)

Martha Wilmot returned to Ireland in 1808, laden with Russian books, manuscripts and costumes, priceless jewellery, and most valuable of all, her diaries detailing over five years’ residence in Russia.

In late 1807, 32-year-old Cork woman Martha Wilmot sat at a writing desk in a Russian palace and declared herself “a Prisoner in the true sense of the(...)

Pioneering computer programmer Kathleen ‘Kay’ McNulty Mauchly Antonelli

In 2004, the pioneering computer programmer Kathleen ‘Kay’ McNulty Mauchly Antonelli reflected on her career: “All the years I gave talks about the EN(...)