The Landed Gentry & Aristocracy of County Wicklow – Introduction

The Landed Gentry & Aristocracy of County Wicklow – Introduction

Return to contents of The Landed Gentry & Aristocracy of County Wicklow We all of us descend from men and women whose names we will never know. Until recent centuries, every generation simply came and fell like fields of wheat. When one contemplates the...
Kilkea Castle 9 – The New Custodians (1961-2010)

Kilkea Castle 9 – The New Custodians (1961-2010)

In 1961, the Marquess of Kildare – later the 8th Duke of Leinster – sold Kilkea Castle, his ancestral castle in County Kildare, to the Land Commission. There then followed a succession of fascinating owners including an engineer who built most of Northern Ireland’s...
Kilkea Castle  (1) The Time Before the Normans

Kilkea Castle (1) The Time Before the Normans

Charting the emergence of the landscape around Kilkea Castle in County Kildare from the end of the last Ice Age through the establishment of ringforts at Mullaghreelan and Mullaghmast, as well as St Caoide’s church, through to the eve of the Cambro-Norman conquest in...
Grafton Street, Dublin City

Grafton Street, Dublin City

This account primarily focuses on five Georgian houses running from 96-100 Grafton Street, as well as the Turkish Baths and 5 Grafton Street, and who their occupants were, including Weir’s and the company that inspired Bono’s name. It also provides a...