Fota History Nuggets – Stories From Cork, Ireland and Beyond

On this day, April 14th, 1894, Dorothy Elizabeth Smith Barry was born at 20, Hill Street, the family’s London home.

Dorothy’s mother, Elizabeth Wadsworth Post, an American, was 43 and Continue reading
On this day, April 5th, 1894

On this day, April 5th, 1894

On this day, April 5th, 1894, an advertisement for Belvelly Bricks was published in the Cork Constitution newspaper. The advertisement read: “A large quantity of these excellent bricks now in Yard. Pressed and moulded bricks in different shapes, either Continue reading

On this day, April 4th, 1886

On this day, April 4th, 1886

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On this day, April 4th, 1886, Robert Raymond Smith Barry was born in London. His father was James Hugh Smith Barry, his mother Charlotte Cole.

When his uncle, Lord Barrymore died without a male heir in 1925, Continue reading

On this day, April 1st, 1823

On this day, April 1st, 1823

Fota History Nuggets – Stories From Cork, Ireland and Beyond

On this day, April 1st, 1823, the Cork Crown Court sat to hear a case which “excited great interest and occupied several hours, not being closed ‘til 8 o’clock Continue reading

On this day, March 26, 1793

On this day, March 26, 1793

On this day, March 26, 1793, John Hugh Smith Barry was baptised in Fulham Parish. He was the son of James Hugh Smith Barry and Ann Tanner, whose long-term relationship was never solemnised although they had five children together. As Continue reading

On this day, March 21st, 1845

On this day, March 21st, 1845

On this day, March 21st, 1845, two men were brought before the Cork County Criminal Court. Judges Jackson and Ball were on the bench. A jury was sworn in and Timothy Cremin and Patrick Donoghue were charged Continue reading

On this day, March 19th, 1915

On this day, March 19th, 1915

On this day, March 19th, 1915, Lord Barrymore and his family gathered for the funeral of his mother at the Church in Great Budworth, Cheshire. She was Lady de Tabley, a title she received on her second marriage. Continue reading

On this day, March 7th, 1962

On this day, March 7th, 1962

On this day, March 7th, 1962, Belvelly Bridge was flooded as a result of a Spring tide. This bridge is the only link between Fota Island and Great Island. At least 400 workers coming from Cobh were stranded on Continue reading

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