The Premiere of Handel’s Messiah – Dublin, 1742

The Premiere of Handel’s Messiah – Dublin, 1742

The German composer sat back on the sofa of Mrs. Vernon’s drawing room in Clontarf Castle and exhaled noisily. His ears were still ringing with the exultant voices of the boy’s choir he had conducted earlier in the day. His hostess smiled across the room. ‘It is a...
The Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773)

The Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773)

“If you are invited to drink at any man’s house, more than you think it’s wholesome, you may say you wish you could, but that so little makes you both drunk and sick, that you should be only be bad company by doing it.” Lord Chesterfield, ‘Principles of...
Tighe of Woodstock, Co. Kilkenny, and Rossanagh, Co. Wicklow

Tighe of Woodstock, Co. Kilkenny, and Rossanagh, 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

The Dennis family descends in the male line from the Swifts of Herefordshire, kinsfolk of both Jonathan Swift and John Dryden. In the late 18th century, a prudent marriage to the sole heiress of the Chief Baron of the Irish Exchequer brought the extensive Dennis...