Sir Henry Bunbury (1565-1634)

Sir Henry Bunbury (1565-1634)

Born in 1565, Henry Bunbury was grandfather of the Benjamin Bunbury who first acquired the land in County Carlow, Ireland. Henry succeeded as head of the family on the death of his father Thomas Bunbury died on 5 May 1601. Two years later, on 23 July 1603, he was...
Richard Boyle (1566–1643) – The Great Earl of Cork

Richard Boyle (1566–1643) – The Great Earl of Cork

Without question, Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork,  was the dominant figure on Ireland’s Blackwater Valley for the first forty years of the 17th century.  Indeed, the entrepreneur from Canterbury was one of the most extraordinary and powerful characters in Western...
A History of Molesworth Street, Dublin

A History of Molesworth Street, Dublin

In the early 17th century, the area of Dublin presently occupied by Molesworth Street was known as “the lands of Tib and Tom”. Dublin citizens gathered here to practice archery and compete at nine-pin bowling. During the reign of Queen Anne, these lands...

Peg Plunkett (Mrs. Leeson) (C. 1740-1797)

PEG PLUNKETT (MRS. LEESON) (C. 1740-1797) VICE-QUEEN OF GEORGIAN DUBLIN Christmas 1794 was a distinctly uncomfortable time for a large number of the well-to-do men who frequented Georgian Dublin. The word was out that Mrs. Leeson, long regarded as the city’s foremost...
Kick Kennedy, the Marquess & the Earl

Kick Kennedy, the Marquess & the Earl

On 13 May 1948, a plane crash in southern France ended the life of both Kick Kennedy, oldest sister of Jack and Bobby, and her lover, Peter, Earl Fitzwilliam. This story recounts the series of events that led up to the tragedy, and the remarkable Irish connections to...