The Swifts of County Westmeath

FOREWORD In January 2012, I set out to fill an ongoing gap in written knowledge as to how the Swifts of Kenagh, Co. Longford (or Streete, Co. Westmeath), were connected to the Swift family of whom Jonathan Swift, the celebrated Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, was a...

Howard of Shelton Abbey – the Earls of Wicklow

HOWARD OF SHELTON ABBEY – THE EARLS OF WICKLOW “Inservi Deo et Laetare” (Serve God and Rejoice) For close on three hundred years, the Howard family held court at Shelton Abbey outside Arklow. From the outset they were an unusual clan with a tremendous penchant for the...