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Notes on Bagenalstown (Muine Bheag), County Carlow

New Versailles   Walter Bagenal (1670–1745), the founder of Bagenalstown, already had an estate of some 32,000 acres when he married the wealthy Catholic heiress Eleanor Barnewall, the first of his three wives. He conjured the idea of Bagenalstown as a “New Versailles,” based on the magnificent palatial city of the French king outside Paris. […]