Standish O’Grady and the fight of the Earls

Eamonn Kiely Otway Cuffe became 6th Earl of Desart in 1898. He with his sister-in-law Lady Desart did prodigies for Kilkenny as outlined in some detail by my friend Paddy Neary in recent talks. He was a great friend of Standish O’Grady the new Editor of the Kilkenny Moderator. This was a Unionist and Protestant […]

Lady Desart and Kilkenny

LADY DESART AND KILKENNY Padddy Neary Miss Ellen Bischoffsheim was the eldest daughter of a London Jewish banker and her marriage to William, the fourth Earl of Desart on the 27th April 1881 was the notable event of the London season. It was rumoured the bride brought a dowry of £150,000 with her with a […]

Lady Desart’s Legacy 1

Lady Desart and her Legacy to Kilkenny – Part 1 Paddy Neary After William, the 4th Earl of Desart died in 1898 his widow Lady Ellen remained in residence at Desart Court, so Captain Otway Cuffe came to live at Sheestown House. He was not long in establishing links with the local people, farmers and townsfolk. […]