Bill Harrington, 11th Earl of Harrington (1922-2009)

Bill Harrington, 11th Earl of Harrington (1922-2009)

This story followed my meeting with Bill in 2005 in which he told me he had personally arrested Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz, Hitler's successor as President of the German Reich. Sadly the facts don't add up but Bill, who was one of my grandfather's greatest friends,...
Smyth of Ballynatray

Smyth of Ballynatray

The Holroyd-Smyth family who lived at Ballynatray House near Youghal in County Waterford descend from a family named Smyth who were closely allied with Richard Boyle, the Great Earl of Cork. This story charts the family's journey from the Tudor age to the 1850s....

Stronge of Tynan Abbey, Co. Armagh

Stronge of Tynan Abbey, Co. Armagh Foreward “An Act for the Attainder of Divers Rebels, and for Preserving the Interest of Loyal Subjects. WHEREAS a most horrid invasion was made by your Majesty’s unnatural enemy the Prince of Orange, invited thereunto and assisted by...

The McCarthys of Grange End

THE MCCARTHYS OF GRANGE END ORIGIN OF THE MCCARTHYS The McCarthy’s take their name from Cárthaigh, Lord of the Eoghanacht, who reigned over the Golden Vale of Tipperary in the early 11th century. He claimed descent from Eoghan, one of the two sons of Oilioll Olum, a...