Carlow Castle: Rise & Fall

Carlow Castle: Rise & Fall

Carlow Castle begins as a safehaven for the chainmail-clad Anglo-Norman invaders who cantered into Ireland on their gigantic Arabian steeds in the late 12th century. In the ensuing shake up of land ownership, much of south east Leinster passed to William Marshal, one...
Richard Boyle (1566–1643) – The Great Earl of Cork

Richard Boyle (1566–1643) – The Great Earl of Cork

Without question, Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork,  was the dominant figure on Ireland’s Blackwater Valley for the first forty years of the 17th century.  Indeed, the entrepreneur from Canterbury was one of the most extraordinary and powerful characters in Western...
The Yelvertons, Viscounts Avonmore

The Yelvertons, Viscounts Avonmore

The history of the Yelverton family falls into two parts. The first covers nearly five hundred years of the family’s earlier activities in England, from the birth of Andrew Yelverton in Norfolk in 1307 to the death of Henry Yelverton, 18th Baron Grey de Ruthyn...

Henry Ivers & the Move to Ireland

HENRY IVERS & THE MOVE TO IRELAND SPECULATIVE ORIGINS A parchment found in the sideboard at Mount Ievers in July 2012 maintains that Henry Ivers arrived in Ireland in 1640 from Yorkshire, where the family had been settled since arriving with William the Conqueror...