This New Wall Chart, with a history Time Line of 1155 to 1607, has much about the FitzGeralds

‘The Geraldines may be considered less as a family than a nation descended from one Patriarch: it is almost incredible that so large a tribe should in a few centuries have sprung from a common ancestor. The history of the Geraldines, the Butlers, and the Burkes, may be said to be the history of Ireland … Continue reading This New Wall Chart, with a history Time Line of 1155 to 1607, has much about the FitzGeralds

How the Enchanted Earl (d. 1398) inspired the defenders of Limerick in 1691

‘The estates that for four centuries enabled the family of  Desmond to support the English throne in Ireland, in Wales, in Scotland, in France, and even in the Holy Land, and by means of which, according to the best historians, they led to the field eight thousand of their own principal gentry and freeholders, were, … Continue reading How the Enchanted Earl (d. 1398) inspired the defenders of Limerick in 1691

Conference about the FitzGeralds, Ballyferriter July 22-23, 2016

The Irish Geraldines are believed to be cousins of the Gherardini, of Florence, in Italy, whose members had estates in the vicinity of that city. Their principal seat was near the Ponte Vecchio bridge.  According to one Italian historian,’the Gherardi were among the most ancient and wealthy families of Tuscany in 900 A.D’. Family legend states that Anaes, a … Continue reading Conference about the FitzGeralds, Ballyferriter July 22-23, 2016

The Earls of Desmond in Co. Waterford Imokilly (extract of article for An Linn Bhuí)

We first hear, not of Decies, but of ‘Decies and Desmond’. The FitzGeralds became the rulers of this territory long before they became Earls of Desmond. That huge territory came to them by marriage, the marriage of John FitzThomas to Margaret FitzAnthony: Margaret’s father, Thomas FitzAnthony, one of the leading Anglo-Norman settlers, was the previous … Continue reading The Earls of Desmond in Co. Waterford Imokilly (extract of article for An Linn Bhuí)