I was lucky enough to be asked to contribute a story to Storymap, which is a great project aiming to capture Dublin through its stories. Previously, we featured Shane MacThomais’ excellent contribution on the UVF man buried in Glasnevin for example, and there are stories on everything from street characters like Bang Bang to the ghosts that inhabit the Jervis Centre.
For me, there was only one story to tell, and that is the story of Vonolel, the loyal charger and friend of Field Marshall Earl Roberts. A small white arab pony, of Indian stock, he is buried in Dublin today. We first featured the story of Vonolel back in June 2010, and since then several people have got in touch to say they’ve paid him a visit. Next time you’re in the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, why not do the same?