Richard de Stacpoole, 7th Duc de Stacpoole (b. 1948)
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Richard de Stacpoole, 7th Duc de Stacpoole (b. 1948)


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Track 1: Richard de Stacpoole’s great-grandfather, George, 4th Duc de Stacpoole, lived at Mount Hazel, Co. Galway and at Cadogan Square in London. Richard explains that he joined the 3rd Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment in 1860. He later married Pauline MacEvoy and the couple had five children. The other male members of the de Stacpoole families who also served are recalled. Hubert, George’s brother, served in the Royal Scots and was a highly decorated officer who received the Croix de Guerre (with Palm) and a Military Cross. Richard met Hubert de Stacpoole, who was born in 1888, when he was an elderly man. Another brother, Francis, was a member of the Queen’s Westminster Dragoons and he went to Malaya as a rubber planter. At the outbreak of the Great War he joined the Irish Guards, was wounded and returned home to Mount Hazel to recuperate. An account written by Hubert de Stacpoole about his family history and his life is mentioned. Richard has fond memories of Hubert, and he remarks on the connection between him and his own brother David, who was also in the Irish Guards. Track 2: The album of material kept by Richard’s great-uncle, Hubert de Stacpoole, is examined and some material is read. Hubert’s life at Sandhurst is described as are his two days in the trenches in 1915 before he was wounded. He was evacuated to England and later returned to Ireland, and this is described in some notes read by Richard. Hubert attended Fairyhouse Races in Easter Week 1916 and he describes how he heard about the uprising. An account of a visit by Hubert to Dublin at this time and the difficulties he encountered while trying to reach Dublin Castle is read. Richard reads much of this important account of the time, including a description of an encounter with Sinn Féiners and an anecdote concerning Countess Markievicz. In July 1916, Hubert went for a medical examination and was passed as fit, and he went on to take part in the end of the Battle of the Somme. He was appointed Brigade Major and served until the end of the war. Track 3: Richard reads the wording of a parchment about Roderick de Stacpoole, 2nd Lieutenant in the 1st Battalion, Royal Field Artillery, who was killed in 1915 aged just 19. He was mentioned in dispatches for his courage. Robert, his brother, who served in the Connaught Rangers, was killed in Marne in 1914, aged 22. Track 4: Richard discusses Errisbeg House which had been leased by his grandmother as a holiday home. Her name was Eileen Palmer from Glenlo Abbey, Co. Galway and following the death of her husband she retired to Errisbeg, which has been a family home since 1922. It is very important to Richard to keep the family memory alive, particularly that of his grandfather George, and he speaks about their family history with his children. He is very pleased to have had such a happy relationship with his grandfather. His grandparents’ religious circumstances are considered, and Richard explains that George was Roman Catholic and Eileen came from a staunch Protestant family. She converted to Catholicism before her marriage and due to the family Papal title, permission had to come from Rome to allow her to marry into the de Stacpoole family. Track 5: Richard recalls the shrine, in the bluebell wood at Tobertynan, Co. Meath, to Our Lady of Lourdes. He explains the favour granted to Pauline MacEvoy who was married George, the 4th Duke, and the intercession of Blessed Fr Charles of Mount Argus. He recalls hearing a story from his father about how respected the family was and he recounts the story of a fire at Mount Hazel. Richard is now the holder of the title, the seventh duke, and he discusses the obligations that follow from this. He talks about the various military medals still in the family’s possession. He remembers his uncle, Derek, who died in WWII and explains that his eldest son, George, now serves in the Irish Guards, and thus the family military tradition continues. He also mentions the military background in his mother’s Dease family.

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The Irish Country House and the Great War


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The long military tradition in the de Stacpoole family

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Maurice O'Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore