Sir Richard Molesworth Staples, 17th Baron (b. 1914)
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Sir Richard Molesworth Staples, 17th Baron (b. 1914)


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Track 1: Sir Richard Molesworth discusses the background of the Staples family background, and his youth up in South Dublin. Track 2: The maternal side of his family, the Freers are discussed. His memories of Lissan House in Co. Tyrone, the oldest house in the district, and also his ancestral home. Track 3: His schooldays, enlisting in the Royal Air Force and offering to serve voluntarily overseas. His posting to Londonderry. He also discusses the atmosphere in Dublin during the Emergency period. Track 4: His work experience with his brother-in-law, Horace Dowd, in the fruit business in Lismore, and his other work in the picture framing business. Track 5: Early memories of his youth, his wife Marjorie and his time spent with the Air Force in New Zealand. Track 6: Anecdotes of his college days. Track 7: He talks about the family title, and what it means to him. Track 8: Lismore in the 1940s and the Usshers at Cappagh House, where his brother Sir Gerald married Henrietta Ussher.

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Audio series:

Great Houses of Ireland, second series


160 kbps

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48 hours

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7.46 MB, 14.46 MB, 8.13 MB, 15.94 MB, 18.50 MB, 2.51 MB, 6.47 MB, 4.68 MB

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Lissan House, Co Tyrone

Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore