Olive Packenham Mahon was born in 1895 and was raised at Strokestown Park House, Co. Roscommon. Her pram would have been a top of the range pram, a Leveson. The brand name is on the handle Continue reading →
Beautiful Manorbier Castle. You can visit! http://manorbiercastle.co.uk/
The Norman family of de Barri took part in the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and as a result were granted territories in South Wales (from here they take their name). Their family seat was Manorbier Castle near Tenby. William de Barri was born here in 1110. He married Anagreth who was granddaughter of Rese Gruffydth, Prince of South Wales. Anagreth’s grandmother was Nest, who was mistress of King Henry I of England. Nest’s children founded the Fitzstephen, Fitzgerald and Fitzhenry families.
William and Anagreth had four sons: Philip, Edmund, Robert and Gerald. Gerald later wrote very fondly of his birthplace, Manorbier Castle, which he called ‘the pleasantest spot in Wales’ …
Mavricivs FitzGerald from the National Library of Ireland’s copy of Giraldus Cambrensis Expugnatio Hibernica., Ms 700 f.71r, Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland.
Anagreth de Barri was related to many of the men who set out to conquer Ireland in 1169, among them were Robert Fitzstephen and Maurice Fitzgerald (pictured above), the progenitor of both the earls of Desmond and the earls of Kildare …
From the start Michelle and Alan wanted something different for their special day. Initially they toyed with Doctor Who and Superheroes. Their special day was always going to be fun and light-hearted, and potentially a little bit Continue reading →
The Irish Heritage Trust which manages Fota House in Cork is proud to be the gatekeeper of many stories. We know this one is all too common and many families safeguarded those last letters from the front as precious Continue reading →
Unassuming, low-growing and evergreen but I can only describe this plant as enchanting. Cocooned in its spiders’ webs, it looks like a magic carpet of ancient, neglected rosettes. The plant that time forgot in Ms Havisham’s glasshouse. Now it has produced a delicate pink flower, bringing a dash of colour that seems to say “Don’t be fooled, I’m still growing” and living up to its name which means “always alive”.
Fota isn’t just about the flora and fauna, though these are spectacular throughout the seasons. It’s also about nature, birds, bees, butterflies and some elusive animals. Here are some of the creatures we happily share Fota with.
Not all our visitors arrive on foot. On Monday last, just as we were finishing up for the day, an unusual visitor arrived. Our volunteers, Mary and Harriet and Bernard the gardener, watched in amazement as it darted about and hovered, its wings flapping rapidly. Then it latched onto a Dianthus plant and fed on the pollen. We were puzzled, having never seen anything like it before. Was it a bird, a butterfly, a bee or a moth? In fact, it was a Hummingbird Hawk-moth, Macroglossum stellatarum (Linnaeus, 1758)
Cork is known as a city of “Steps and Steeples”. Some were designed by famous architects like William Burgess and George Pain. Nearby at Cobh Cathedral, the work of Edward Pugin and George Ashlin towers over the sea. Summer brings a different kind of steeple to the Frameyard and gardens of Fota House, this time designed by Nature. It’s called Echium pininana or Giant Viper’s Bugloss. This beautifully structured plant even has its own bell-like flowers. They don’t ring out like carillon bells but on a sunny day they sing with the sound of bees.
In the 21st century we don’t think twice about purchasing strawberries for Christmas in shops or supermarkets. Seasons are largely unimportant in today’s globalised world, and when we want to preserve food we can easily chill or freeze it. Continue reading →