Mabel Langley (b. 1919)
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Mabel Langley (b. 1919)


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Track 1: Mabel Langley’s background, and her youth in Newbrook Farm, outside Thurles. Track 2: The circumstances leading to the inheritance of Brittas Estate. The previous owner, Col. William Knox, was Queen Victoria’s bodyguard who bought the property in the 1850s. Memories of caring for his descendant, Captain Knox, until his death in 1965. Track 3: The size of the estate through the years, and a discussion on its division by the Land Commission. The people who worked on the estate. Track 4: The occasion when Captain Knox decided to leave the estate to Mabel. Track 5: The first visit to Brittas. The breeding of horses, the local point-to-point races, and her great success with two wonderful horses. Her hunting days with the Tipperary Foxhounds. Track 6: A tour around the house, discussing the family portraits, the furniture and some old rent books. Track 7: The family graveyard on the estate. Track 8: Looking through old photographs, discussing the tennis parties and the means of transport in earlier days. The story of the falling out between the Langleys and the Knoxes. Recalling the burial of Captain Knox.

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Audio series:

Great Houses of Ireland, second series


160 kbps

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48 hours

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5.70 MB, 9.16 MB, 8.23 MB, 12.47 MB, 5.99 MB, 20.75 MB, 9.76 MB, 13.25 MB

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Brittas Castle, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore