Villiers & Rubens
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Villiers & Rubens

Most recently (2017) a portrait of Villiers, long thought to be a copy of a masterpiece by Rubens, has been authenticated as being in fact the original. International newspapers carried the story. Continue reading

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800 years – O’Rourkes Hall
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800 years – O’Rourkes Hall

Research indicates the now ruined O’Rourkes Hall beside the Bonet River in Dromahaire was built around 1220-1256. Below a description of the structure with suggested dates, compiled by Michael Moore in 2016. Excerpt  ‘The Archaeological Inventory of County Leitrim’ Class: Castle – Anglo-Norman masonry castle Townland: DRUMAHAIRE Description: Situated on a high bluff overlooking a gorge of the … Continue reading

Music and  Words – O’Rourkes Feast
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Music and Words – O’Rourkes Feast

Planxty O’Rourke by Mc Gauran & Carolan. Singer: Sean O Sé April 6th, 1589: “How naughtily O’Rourke hath always carried himself…He caused a picture of Her Majesty [Queen Elizabeth I] to be drawn at a horse tail and kept his Christmas according the the Pope’s computation” ” One of O’Carolan’s earliest friends was Hugh MacGauran, a … Continue reading

Planxty O’Rourke / Pléaracha na Ruarcach
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Planxty O’Rourke / Pléaracha na Ruarcach

A song describing the legendary feasts of O’ Rourke , presumably held at the now ruined Banqueting Hall behind Villiers Castle in Dromahair . The poem is based on the Christmas festivities held in the Great Hall of the castle at Dromahaire, County Leitrim, by the Irish chieftain Brian na Murtha O Ruairc, Prince of Breffni, and … Continue reading

Diarmait Mac Murchada
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Diarmait Mac Murchada

Dromahair – Abduction, Revenge and Invasion 1170 History Ireland : Dervorgilla: scarlet woman or scapegoat? WikiPedia article :  Diarmait Mac Murchada (c. 1110 – c. 1 May 1171) was a King of Leinster in Ireland. In 1167, he was deprived of his kingdom by the High King of Ireland . The grounds for the dispossession were that … Continue reading