Bill Harrington, 11th Earl of Harrington (1922-2009)

Bill Harrington, 11th Earl of Harrington (1922-2009)

Old soldiers are like old fishermen and sometimes the size of the catch increases dramatically. This story followed my meeting with Bill in 2005 in which he told me he had personally arrested Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz, Hitler’s successor as President of the...
More O’Ferrall of Kildangan, Monasterevin, Co. Kildare

More O’Ferrall of Kildangan, Monasterevin, Co. Kildare

A short account of Kildangan Stud from its acquisition by the O’Reilly family in 1705 to its development as a major equestrian base by the More O’Ferrall family.   *****   Edward More O Ferrall (1805-1875)   Born on 17 May 1805, (Charles)...
De Burgh of Oldtown, Co. Kildare

De Burgh of Oldtown, Co. Kildare

With a lineage that reputedly stretches back to Charlemagne, the de Burgh’s role in Irish affairs has made an immense impact on the shape of the island’s past. From the first Norman knights who cantered across the seas in the 12th century to the courtrooms...