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