Heritage Week at Fota

Heritage Week at Fota

This year we have a packed schedule of activities here at Fota so there is something for everyone! Pick a date and come along and join the fun. The year’s Heritage Week theme is Pastimes Past Times.

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Fota Portraits in Black and White

Fota Portraits in Black and White

The Flower Room at Fota House is lit by the soft, diffused light through the windows and the delicate lamps within. Previously known as the Morning Room, it was where Dorothy Bell, a keen and knowledgeable gardener, prepared flower arrangements Continue reading

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

This summer, join young Mary Lennox on a journey of discovery as she is sent to her uncle’s house in the countryside, where mysteries and secrets lurk round every corner…

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VISIT DOROTHY’S EASTER TRAIL!

VISIT DOROTHY’S EASTER TRAIL!

Join us for a breath of fresh air this Easter at one of Cork’s most idyllic locations, on Friday 19th and Sat 20th April.

The magnificent Arboretum is the setting for Dorothy’s Trail, which will bring the history Continue reading

The Early History of the Barry Family

Beautiful Manorbier Castle. You can visit! http://manorbiercastle.co.uk/

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’ …

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The Barrys Come to Ireland

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. Maurice was Philip de Barri's uncle

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 …

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