Get the season off on the right note with Cappella Lyrica on Sunday 1st December at Fota House. Immerse yourself in the beautiful sounds of this award winning choir in the resplendent surrounds of the magnificent Drawing Continue reading →
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 →
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 →