Notes on Hansfield & Phibblestown, County Dublin

Notes on Hansfield & Phibblestown, County Dublin

What’s In A Name?   The townland of Phibblestown was renamed ‘Hansfield’ by Hans Blackwood, 3rd Baron Dufferin and Claneboye. His family name is recalled by the local place name ‘Blackwood.’ [1]  Hans derived his first name from a Scottish ancestor named Hans...
Maunsell of Oakley Park, Celbridge, County Kildare

Maunsell of Oakley Park, Celbridge, County Kildare

A heroic defence of a Waterford against Cromwell’s army earned the Maunsell family respect from the Irish when they first settled in the mid 17th century. During the Georgian Age, they rose to prominence in Limerick, as bankers, politicians and Mayors. In the...