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N 1 B 924 C 0 E Jun 5, 2015 F Jun 5, 2015
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Kilkenny Castle (Irish: Caisleán Chill Chainnigh) was built by William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke n 1195 to control a fording-point of the River Nore and the junction of several routeways. James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormonde, bought the castle in 1391 and established himself as ruler of the area. The Butler dynasty ruled the surrounding for over five hundred years. Among the many notable, Lady Margaret Butler (c. 1454 or 1465–1539) an Irish noblewoman, the daughter of Thomas Butler, 7th Earl of Ormond. Lady Margaret Butler was born in Kilkenny Castle. She married Sir William Boleyn and was the paternal grandmother of Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII of England.

The Castle became the seat to the very powerful family, the Butlers of Ormonde or Butler family, who lived there until 1935.

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Tags:   Ireland Ireland Travel Michael Locke

N 0 B 673 C 0 E Jun 8, 2015 F Jun 8, 2015
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Of the many reasons I wanted to visit Ireland, tracing my family roots was certainly in the back of my mind. My 6th great grandfather Daniel Slane (1738-1795) came from County Meath, near Dublin. Some in the family point out that Slane castle is near the Hill of Tara in County Meath, but so far as we have been able to discover, the name of the castle has no known connection with the Slane family. Moreover, County Meath is in Catholic Ireland but almost all of the Irish Immigrants during the Colonial era were Protestants from Northern Ireland.

Overlooking the River Boyne, a short distance upstream from Newgrange and the site of the famous Battle of the Boyne, Slane Castle is situated in a broad green plain. The castle has been the family home of the Conyngham family since the 18th century, ever since the property was purchased by the family following the Williamite Confiscations in 1701. Around that time, the family moved their main ancestral seat south from County Donegal in west Ulster to Slane. Prior to this, Slane Castle had been in the possession of the Flemings, Anglo-Norman Catholics who had aligned themselves with the Jacobites in the War of the Grand Alliance, and thus after the Williamite victory, their property was eligible for confiscation. Christopher Fleming, 22nd of Slane, 17th Lord, Viscount Longford (1669 – 14 July 1726), was the last Fleming Lord of Slane. The present owner of the castle is Henry Conyngham who styles himself, as the 8th Marquess Conyngham.

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N 1 B 428 C 0 E Jun 5, 2015 F Jun 6, 2015
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Kells Priory was founded in 1193 by Geoffrey FitzRobert, brother-in-law to Strongbow. The priory succeeded an earlier church which served as parish church to nearby Kells village.

The Augustine priory is an Irish National Monument
situated alongside King's River beside the village of Kells, about 15 km south of the medieval city of Kilkenny.

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N 1 B 840 C 0 E May 23, 2015 F May 23, 2015
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Galway was our favorite town when we visited Ireland several years ago. The people were unbelievably friendly, inviting us to their homes in the wee hours of the mornng (the sun never quite sets in Galway, at least in June when we were there). Galway lies on the River Corrib between Lough Corrib and Galway Bay; it is the fourth most populous urban area in the Republic of Ireland and the sixth most populous city in the island of Ireland.

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While visiting the castle town of Kilkenny, we took several days with no particular agenda and explored the countryside. On one of those occasions, we stumbled upon Ballaghtobin, the home of Catherine and Mickey Gabbett, .a Georgian house on 450 acres of cereals, blackcurrants, Christmas trees and woodland.

When Cromwell and his soldiers marched from the south east coast through Waterford and up to Kilkenny. He plundered and captured many lands one of which was Ballaghtobin. The land was then distributed to his soldiers as a reward for their loyality. In the case of Ballaghtobin, Capt. Baker bought the land from the soldiers to form the foundation of Ballaghtobin Estate. From that day to this the house has never been sold but has passed through the female line twice.

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