A History of Ballyfin House, Co. Laois, Ireland

A History of Ballyfin House, Co. Laois, Ireland

As he lay dying in the winter of 1845, William Pole-Wellesley must have reflected upon the many failures of his life. He had certainly never come close to the success of his younger brother, Arthur, the famous ‘Iron Duke’ of Wellington. In fact, William’s most lasting...
Cuffe, Earls of Desart – Ghostly Women and Forgotten Heroes 

Cuffe, Earls of Desart – Ghostly Women and Forgotten Heroes 

This account is dedicated to the memory of my friend John Rogers (1968-2022) who commissioned me to write this story in 2002. John consistently encouraged me when I was unsteady during the early years of my historical odyssey.     Contents 1.The Origins of the Cuffe...