Brigitte Shelswell-White of Bantry House, Co Cork, outside the gate lodge. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

After many years at the helm of one of Ireland’s best-known grand houses, Brigitte Shelswell-White is enjoying the freedom she’s had since handing it (...)

British Ambassador to Ireland  Dominick Chilcott (centre) with Muckross House trustees Maurice O’Keefe (left) and Michael Larkin at the house in Killarney, Co Kerry. Photograph: Valerie O'Sullivan

The descendants of the occupants of the great houses of the southwest gathered for the first time in more than 100 years at Muckross House, Kil(...)