The Premiere of Handel’s Messiah – Dublin, 1742

The Premiere of Handel’s Messiah – Dublin, 1742

In 1742, over 700 people crowded into the Great Musick Hall in Dublin to hear Handel lead the performance of his choral masterpiece. In view of the numbers, ladies were requested to come "without hoops," and gentlemen without swords. Critics were unanimous - this was...
The Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773)

The Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773)

‘The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description; one must travel through it one's self to be acquainted with it’. A short account of Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694 – 1773), British statesman, man of letters and arguably the...

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...
Tighe of Woodstock, Co. Kilkenny, and Rossana, Co. Wicklow

Tighe of Woodstock, Co. Kilkenny, and Rossana, Co. Wicklow

The Tighe family’s connection to Ireland began when an opportunist farmer from Lincolnshire secured the contract to supply Cromwell’s troops with bread and wheat. He became MP for Dublin and indeed every generation of the family held a seat in the Irish Parliament...
Dennis of Fortgranite, County Wicklow

Dennis of Fortgranite, County Wicklow

Kinsfolk of both Jonathan Swift and John Dryden, the Dennis family fortunes rose with a prudent marriage to a sole heiress, netting them extensive estates in Kerry, Cork and Dublin. Family members include the artist Kathleen Marescaux, the Indian tea magnate Maurice...