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Jane and Patrick Annesley pictured at their ancestral home, Annesgrove near Castletownroche in Co Cork. The family have been there for close on 400 years. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

“During a tour of the garden an American visitor asked me how long my family had lived here. When I said about 400 years he said: ‘Don’t you think tha(...)

My hope is that the fragile ambience of these special places will not be damaged

General Holt, on the run during the 1798 Rebellion, took time out during his slightly nervous overnight sojourn at the “haunted” Hell Fire Club to adm(...)