Dr. Barry O’Meara (1786-1836) – Napoleon’s Doctor

Dr. Barry O’Meara (1786-1836) – Napoleon’s Doctor

An account of the gung-ho surgeon from Blackrock, County Dublin, who became physician and friend to the fallen French Emperor during his exile on the island of St Helena.   *****   THE EARLY YEARS   Dr. Barry Edward O’Meara was born at Newtown...
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...

The Kinnears from Balmerino to Ballybay

THE KINNEARS FROM BALMERINO TO BALLYBAY Arms: Sable, on a bend or, three martlets (or canary birds) vert. Crest: Two anchors, saltier ways, proper. Motto: I live in hope. WHAT’S IN A NAME? There have always been numerous variations to the spelling of the name with de...
The Trench Family, Earls of Clancarty

The Trench Family, Earls of Clancarty

A remarkable family, descended from a French Huguenot refugee whose grandson established the family at Ballinasloe near Aughrim in County Galway. Headed up by the Earl of Clancarty, its prominent figures include one of the architects of modern Europe after...
The Gough Family – Irish War Heroes

The Gough Family – Irish War Heroes

Family Origins   The first Goughs are believed to have been lived in Radnorshire near the border between England and Wales. Most authorities ascribe the origin of the name ‘Gough’ to the Welsh word Coch meaning ‘red’, although the word Gof...