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...

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...