CHAS talk on Robert Hartpole, Constable of Carlow

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dr Michael Conroy cannot give his scheduled lecture on The Heritage of Carlow this coming Wednesday. We look forward to hearing Michael’s talk at a later date.

John Kelly. Editor of Carloviana, has agreed at short notice to step into the breach and share the results of over three years of research on Robert Hartpole, Tudor Constable of Carlow.

Robert Hartpole was a soldier/settler from Kent who arrived in Ireland around 1549 and rose through the ranks of the Tudor administration to acquire extensive lands and hold the titles of Constable of Carlow Castle and Sheriff of both Carlow and Queens Counties. He also represented Queens County in Perrott’s Parliament of 1585. He is perhaps best known for his role in the Massacre at Mullaghmast. His activities between 1569 and 1571 against the Gaelic Irish on lands held by the Earl of Ormonde in County Carlow resulted in a formal complaint to the Irish Privy Council. He lived in Shrule castle in Laois and the story of his effigy after his death is a tale all itself!

John’s talk will take place this Wednesday 17th October at 8pm in the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow. All are welcome and as always admission is free.

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