Although there appear to have been three different Patrick Sheehans wounded during the Siege of Sebastopol, the one in the ballad was probably from Ennistymon, Co Clare. Lithograph of the Siege of Sebastopol/Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images Lithograph of the Siege of Sebastopol. The sans Pareil and The Agamemnon engaging Fort Constantine. Lithograph by A. L. Morel-Fatio. Dated 1854. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

His name was indeed Patrick Sheehan, and at least in the famous ballad, his age was “34”.  But this last detail may have been influenced by the r(...)

In 1922 in Co Waterford two neighbouring families were on bad terms ‘owing to the trespass of cattle’.

James Flynn had never held a revolver before. Using what little knowledge he had, he checked the chambers and was sure, he said, the gun was not loade(...)