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(...)