Villiers Stuart of Dromana, County Waterford – Lord of the Decies

Villiers Stuart of Dromana, County Waterford – Lord of the Decies

[These are notes rather than a carefully researched tale.] On 3 July 1215, Thomas Fitz Anthony, Seneschal of Leinster, obtained from King John a grant of the custody of Cos. Waterford and Desmond which included the land of Decies, of which Dromana was its principal...
County Waterford – Choose a Topic

County Waterford – Choose a Topic

County Waterford was named as one of Condé Nast Travelers’ Best Places to Go in the UK and Ireland in 2024.  Choose from topics below for stories of people, families, events and places connected to County Waterford’s past.   Waterford Family Histories...
The Normans on the Irish Waterways

The Normans on the Irish Waterways

Within 30 years of their arrival in Ireland, the Normans had built a network of castles along the River Barrow and were making moves to do the same up the River Shannon. At their peak, they would establish motte and bailey fortresses as far north as Clones and Lough...
Rise & Fall of the Knights Templar – The Irish Experience

Rise & Fall of the Knights Templar – The Irish Experience

The Knights Templar have captivated people’s imagination ever since the Order was founded in 1119. One of the most powerful forces in Europe for almost 200 years, their initial purpose was to protect pilgrims in the Holy Land. In Ireland, they had manors and banking...