Posted by Homan on 21 October 2017

Robin Hanbury Tenison the explorer, who has spent much of his life travelling in the world’s rainforests and deserts and campaigning to protect both them and their people, was brought up, the youngest of five at the family home, Lough Bawn, Ballybay, Co Monaghan. He was educated at Eton and Oxford. He is the Co-founder and President of... Read more

Have we had enough Irish childhoods?

Posted by Homan on 21 October 2017

That’s the question asked by novelist Isabel Colegate (‘The Shooting Party’ [1980]) in The Spectator (3 April 2004). She was reviewing the paperback edition of Rathcomick which had just been published by Vintage/ Random House. She was thinking of childhoods of ‘lackadaisical days remote from English stresses, charming eccentrics, amusing turns of speech, rain, religion, nostalgia: then she... Read more

Rathcormick: the Audio Book

Posted by Homan on 21 October 2017

Rathcormick The Audio Book on CD and cassette Read by Irish actor, Gerry O’Brien Published in the UK by Soundings and available in an 8-cassette set or on 8 CDs Here is a review by Sue Arnold from The Guardian, 10 May 2008: Rathcormick: A Childhood Recalled, by Homan Potterton, read by Gerry O’Brien (9½hrs unabridged, Soundings, £26.99)... Read more

A Pioneer in South Australia

Posted by Homan on 29 June 2013

Alexander de Courcy Potterton (1818-1907) was a free-spirited and adventurous young man. The son of Thomas & Eleanor Potterton of Balatalion, Kildalkey, County Meath, Ireland, he went to Adelaide, South Australia less than a month after his nineteenth birthday. That was an adventure in itself. He boarded the Canton – a three mast, ‘barque’ – in London on... Read more