Tom Cox: The Dunnes of Brittas

              AS any regular reader of this column will know, from time to time I can get stuck in a historical rut. And some ruts are deeper than others. Almost seven years ago, around...

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Boys from every barony

        LAST month, I left you with a poser on the number of townlands I pass through on one of my regular 5km-limited cycle routes. It’s a question I couldn’t answer myself at the time, and I’m...

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Tom Cox: Eye on the past

    Did you know there are 1,111 townlands in Co Laois, according to the townlands.ie website. In his monthly column,...

Monday, 05/04/21 - 1:26pm Read More

Tom Cox is ‘Digging in the garden’

  I LEFT you last month promising to do a bit of digging in the garden. The garden in question...

Saturday, 07/11/20 - 4:00pm Read More

Tom Cox: An Eye on the past

My bicycle pumps Pump opposite St Brigid’s National School building. YOU may wonder how I dream up the subject matter...

Saturday, 01/08/20 - 12:38pm Read More

Tom Cox: Eye on the Past

The humble spud Tom Cox happily digging-up his first crop of new potatoes LAST week, I had a brief dalliance...

Sunday, 05/07/20 - 12:17pm Read More

Seeing the light

LAST week, I was on my way to Dublin airport on the happy errand of collecting our youngest and her...

Thursday, 23/04/15 - 11:10am Read More

Rathmoyle revisited

IF YOU have been following this column over the last few weeks, you will know that a stroll down Lansdowne...

Friday, 17/04/15 - 10:43am Read More

Falling through the cracks

LAST week, while exploring Laois connections to early 20th-century Dublin, I indulged in a bit of family nostalgia as I...

Friday, 10/04/15 - 10:06am Read More

A walk down Lansdowne Road

IT’S been a while since I found myself in the environs of the capital with time on my hands. But...

Wednesday, 01/04/15 - 3:36pm Read More

Within The Pale

LAST week, I happened to come across a report concerning the latest revision of Irish statute law. Ordinarily, such a...

Friday, 27/03/15 - 9:54am Read More

Dictionary corner

SOME weeks back, I was getting excited about the pre-publication subscriber list to William Wilson’s Post Chaise Companion. His traveller’s...

Friday, 20/03/15 - 10:31am Read More

A lot talked now

SOME weeks ago when I visited Kevin Higgins in Abbeyleix, he asked if I would be interested in giving a...

Friday, 13/03/15 - 10:45am Read More

Pedal power

LAST week, I got into a bit of reverie about motoring and all that it entailed in times past and,...

Thursday, 05/03/15 - 11:28am Read More

Ford ability

LAST week, I happened on a comment which our eldest had posted on social media. She had scored 100% on...

Friday, 27/02/15 - 11:56am Read More

Reverend Connections

BEFORE I finally release you from my most recent obsession with William Wilson’s Post-Chaise Companion, specifically, his list of subscribers,...

Thursday, 19/02/15 - 3:40pm Read More

Hidden treasures

I ALWAYS have a sense of excitement when I am about to examine an old publication for the first time....

Friday, 13/02/15 - 10:07am Read More

The Post-Chaise Companion

LAST week, in the course of my ramblings as I negotiated the Great Heath 10k, I made reference to the...

Friday, 06/02/15 - 10:01am Read More

My race is run

THERE comes a time in January when you just know it is no longer appropriate to continue to wish people...

Thursday, 29/01/15 - 12:33pm Read More

Voyage of the century

EXACTLY one hundred years ago today, on 20 January 1915, Ernest Shackleton and his crew, on board the Endurance, were waking...

Wednesday, 21/01/15 - 3:08pm Read More