Michael Kunz is just the sort of person we love to meet here at GG.
Passionate, knowledgeable, articulate and with that certain something devilish twinkling in the eye.
Having put together our own potted history of Kilcoole last year, we knew that we were only skimming the surface, and that there were deeper, darker and more daring tales to be told about this colourful town.
Given its geography, its once-upon-a-time two ports, and its spirit, is it any wonder that Kilcoole played such a strong role in the 1916 rising? When you have a figure like Captain Robert Monteith finding his Road To Damascus moment along these country back streets, well, you know this is no ordinary place.
Young Michael Kunz knows this better than anyone, and has years upon years of research, and maps, and photographs, to prove it.
So, over the coming months, we’re hoping to share some of that incredible archive with de peoples. And to get us started, we’ve reproduced the ancient maps Michael brought along this afternoon for our quick video chat.
The reason for the chat was to get a little background on Michael’s historical murals in the town, a major feature of Kilcoole where, yep, every picture tells a story…