William Conolly

William Conolly

William Conolly (1662-1729)   William Conolly was born in Ballyshannon in Co Donegal in 1662. He has been described variously as the son of an innkeeper, a miller or a land manager. He was a Protestant himself but his background was Catholic on his mother side,...
Family Friday – Sir Thomas Wentworth

Family Friday – Sir Thomas Wentworth

Sir Thomas Wentworth, created the Earl of Strafford in 1640, was the great grand uncle of Lady Anne Conolly of Castletown House. Wentworth, a powerful and controversial figure in Irish history, was the Lord Deputy of Ireland from 1632 to 1640 and one of Charles I...
Castletown’s Devil Story

Castletown’s Devil Story

Beware! This story is not for the faint of heart!     The Night the Devil came to dinner at Castletown Tom Conolly of Castletown had the first pack of hunting hounds ever kept in Ireland. He had stables at Castletown and also on the Curragh and was known as...
Harry Potter Inspired Tree Trail

Harry Potter Inspired Tree Trail

Welcome to our Harry Potter inspired tree walk!!! JK Rowling knew her tree folklore; you find it in the Harry Potter books. Each wand is made from a tree that often reflects the qualities of the wizard! Oak Tree First up is the oak tree. This tree is on the lime...

Focus on Miniatures – Georgiana Bloomfield

The Honourable Georgiana Bloomfield was born on 4 Oct 1809 daughter of Benjamin Bloomfield, 1st Baron of Oakhampton and Redwood in Co Tipperary and (Douglas) Bloomfield. Little is written about Georgiana and indeed she is much overshadowed by her namesake who married...