Beresford of Curraghmore – Marquess of Waterford

Beresford of Curraghmore – Marquess of Waterford

  The story of a family from Staffordshire in England who prospered in Ireland in the wake of King William’s victory at the Boyne, marrying the heiress of wealthy Power family and acquiring the titles of the Earl of Tyrone and Marquess of Waterford. Also...
Meeting Jasper Conran – The Waterford Crystal Years

Meeting Jasper Conran – The Waterford Crystal Years

In 1999, Jasper Conran was approached by the Waterford Wedgwood Group to design a range of crystal. He re-invigorated the sector by creating a range of contemporary Stemware. His crystal collections went on to win the Prince’s Medal ‘Homes & Gardens Classic...
Waterford – The Unconquered City

Waterford – The Unconquered City

One ripe spring morning in 853 AD, a fearless blonde by name of Sitric allegedly parked his longboat on the banks of a mist-shrouded estuary, sniffed the air, stroked his chin and yodelled “slå sig nedi” to his merry men. This, as you probably know, is...
Thomas Bunbury (1542-1601)

Thomas Bunbury (1542-1601)

Thomas Bunbury was the oldest son of Henry Bunbury, Lord de Bunbury, and his wife Margaret, née Aldersey. He  was a small boy when he succeeded his father as the master of Great Stanney in 1547. Henry VIII died just ten days later, so Thomas’s youth was set...
Sir Walter Raleigh in Ireland

Sir Walter Raleigh in Ireland

Sir Walter Raleigh was one of the most one of the most enigmatic adventurers, soldiers, scholars and courtiers to emerge in the Tudor Age. This essay looks at his multiple Irish connections, good and bad. Much of the information was gleaned from an excellent...