Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore (1829-1892) – No. 1 Bandmaster of the USA

Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore (1829-1892) – No. 1 Bandmaster of the USA

Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore was once the most famous entertainer in the USA. Born in Ballygar in 1829, he spent six years studying music in Athlone before emigrating to Boston aged 20. He excelled as a bandmaster, composer, conductor and showman. His band performed at...

Eure of Belton

Eure of Belton At the National Library in Dublin, there is a letter dated 11th January 1802 written by William Ievers of Mount Ievers to Viscount Limerick in which he claims the title ‘Lord Baron Eure’ by dint of a kinship with the Eure family of England. Mr. Ievers...
Holroyd-Smyth of Ballynatray

Holroyd-Smyth of Ballynatray

The Holrod-Smyth family were descendants of the Smyths of Ballynatray. Lady Harriette Holroyd-Smyth was a daughter of Charlotte, Countess of Mount Cashell, whose father was the last of the Smyths to own the property. Lady Harriette & Patrick Fleming Born in...
Clements of Killadoon, Co. Kildare

Clements of Killadoon, Co. Kildare

In the mid 17th century, a Leicestershire family emigrated to Massachusetts and so escaped the ravages of the English Civil War. Only one son, Daniel Clements, remained behind, serving a commission in the army of Oliver Cromwell. For his military services in Ireland...