Corrupt Banking in Victorian Ireland

Corrupt Banking in Victorian Ireland

When the Celtic Tiger collapsed in 2008-2009, it seemed as if corruption in Irish banking had reached apocalyptic proportions, that we had never seen shenanigans quite like it. The truth is, the ‘Golden Circle’ of recent times was by no means an original cartel....
Redmond Kane and the O’Cahan Family

Redmond Kane and the O’Cahan Family

Amongst the family portraits on the walls of Lisnavagh House in County Carlow is one of a seemingly benign, well-fed gentleman clad in blue ermine. The note on the back states that he was the attorney Redmond Kane (née O’Cahan) of Mantua, Swords, County Dublin,...
La Touche of Marlay, Bellevue & Harristown

La Touche of Marlay, Bellevue & Harristown

Arguably Ireland’s most prominent Huguenot family in the Georgian Age, the La Touche family descend from David La Touche, a refugee from the Loire Valley who served at the Battle of the Boyne and went on to found the bank of La Touche & Sons. His descendants were...
Henry of Straffan House & Lodge Park, County Kildare

Henry of Straffan House & Lodge Park, County Kildare

In the early 18th century, a Presbyterian minister’s son from Co. Antrim struck rich in banking and linen, and acquired the former Tyrconnell estates at Straffan on the banks of the River Liffey. A high-profile marriage to the Earl of Milltown’s daughter enabled Hugh...

The Remarkable Albums of Sylvia Drew

THE REMARKABLE ALBUMS OF SYLVIA DREW By Turtle Bunbury (This article appeared in The World of Interiors, September 2011) In my father’s childhood, the albums lay upon a table in the bay window of the Drew family home in the Lake District. There were four of them, 12”...