Augustus Welby Pugin

Augustus Welby Pugin (1812-1852) shared the Design of the London Houses of Parliament with Sir Charles Barry. His Architectural Genius is very evident and prominent in St. Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy, where Mass was first celebrated in 1846.

Admiral David Beatty

Admiral David Beatty (1871-1936), hero of the Battles of Scapa Flow and Jutland during the 1914-18 War, grew up on the Family Estate of Borodale, three miles from the Town of Enniscorthy.

Henry Roche

When Henry Roche of Enniscorthy Castle married Miss Josephine Shriver in 1900, the Bride from Baltimore, U.S.A. was destined to provide a link between Enniscorthy and the United States Presidency. Miss Shriver’s first cousin was Robert Sargent Shriver’s mother and Sargent Shriver married Miss Eunice Kennedy, sister of the late John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), 35th…

John Holland

John Holland (1841-1914), a native of County Clare, went to America and invented the ‘Holland’ Submarine. He is known as ‘the Father of the Modern Submarine’ and while a member of the Christian Brothers he taught for a short time at a school in Enniscorthy.

Eileen Gray

Eileen Gray Eileen Gray (1879-1976) was born at Brownswood House, near Enniscorthy, but settled in Paris to become a renowned Designer and Architect. In the early 1920s, she flew on the first airmail service in America from New Mexico to Acapulco. She is now regarded as one of the most important Furniture Designers and Architects…

Anna Leon – Owens

Number 34 Weafer Street also known as ‘Chantemode’ was allegedly the birthplace of Anna Leon –Owens (1831-1915), who became Governess to the King of Siam. Along with her son, Tom, she was the subject of a well known book, ‘Anna and the King of Siam’, and the film with Yul Brynner, ‘The King and I’.…