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Afternoon Tea Celebrating Lady Catherine’s Life

July 13, 2019 at 3:00 pm

As part of the Comeragh Wild festival, on Saturday the 13th of July at 3pm, historians Julian Walton and William Fraher host an afternoon Commemorating Lady Catherine Beresford Née Power.
The talks will be accompanied by a traditional afternoon tea in the formal dining room. The event includes both talks and afternoon tea in the house and a visit to the Shellhouse.
Tickets €50 pp. Due to limited numbers, places must be pre booked.

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Commemorating Lady Catherine Beresford née Power

Catherine was the only child of James Power of Curraghmore, Earl of Tyrone, and his wife Anne Rickards of Dangan near Kilmacow. Born in 1701, she inherited the vast Curraghmore estate at the age of two on the death of her father. She was brought up by her mother and in 1717 married Sir Marcus Beresford, uniting two of Ireland’s most prominent families. During their long life together they transformed Curraghmore, Catherine’s special contribution being the Shell House. They had a large family which by the end of the century had become Ireland’s foremost political dynasty. Catherine had a forceful personality and is still remembered in local tradition. This lecture is a tribute to her remarkable life, which ended 250 years ago, almost on this day!

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