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Piers Butler

Also Known As: "Red Piers"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny County, Ireland
Death: Died in Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny, Ireland
Place of Burial: St. Canice, Kilkenny, Ireland
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir James Butler; Sabine Butler (Kavanagh) and Sabine Butler
Husband of Lady Margaret Butler (Fitzgerald) and Lady Margaret Butler
Father of Thomas Butter, of Dedham; Katherine (Butler) Power 'then' FitzGerald; Margaret Bourke; Ellice Fitzgerald; Lady Joan Butler (Butler) and 7 others
Brother of Theobald Butler of Nechum

Occupation: 8th Earl of Ormond, 1st Earl of Ossuary, Chief Governor of Ireland, seized kilkenny castle, 8th Earl of Ormonde, of the line of Earls of Ormond., Knight
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About Piers Butler, 8th Earl of Ormond

Piers Butler, 8th Earl of Ormond

Piers Butler, 8th Earl of Ormonde and 1st Earl of Ossory (c. 1467 – August 26, 1539), also known as The Red Piers, was the son of Sir James Butler, of Polestown, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland, and Sabh Kavanagh, the daughter of Donel Reagh Mac-Morrough Kavanagh.

Piers was cousin and heir of Thomas Butler, 7th Earl of Ormonde. On March 20, 1489, King Henry VII appointed him Sheriff of Kilkenny. He was subsequently knighted (prior to September 1497) and on February 28, 1498 he received a pardon for crimes committed in Ireland. (Including the murder of James Ormonde, also heir to the Earl of Ormonde.) He was also made Senechal of the Liberty of Tipperary on June 21, 1505.

On the death of Thomas Butler on August 3, 1515, Piers Butler became the 8th Earl of Ormonde. On March 6, 1522, the King appointed him Chief Governor of Ireland as Lord Deputy; he held this office until May 13, 1524 when he became Lord Treasurer.

As the king wanted the Earldom of Ormonde for Thomas Boleyn, he induced Piers and his coheirs to resign their claims on February 18, 1528. Piers was quickly (five days later) made Earl of Ossory. On February 22, 1538, the Earldom of Ormonde was restored to him.

He died on August 26, 1539 and was buried in the church of St. Canice, Kilkenny.

Family

He married Lady Margaret FitzGerald, daughter of Gerald FitzMaurice FitzGerald, 8th Earl of Kildare and Alison Eustace, circa 1485. They had issue:

   * James Butler, 9th Earl of Ormonde (b. b 1515-1546), married with Lady Joan FitzGerald, daughter and heiress of 11th Earl of Desmond, and had issue.
   * Helen Butler (b. b 1523-1597), married Donough O'Brien, 1st Earl of Thomond, son of Conor O'Brien, Prince of Thomond and Annabell de Burgh
   * Richard Butler, 1st Viscount Mountgarret (b. b 1539), married Eleanor Butler, daughter of Theobald Butler, had issue.
   * Margaret Butler (b. b 1539), married Barnaby FitzPatrick, 1st Lord of Upper Ossory and had issue.
   * Joan Butler (b. b 1528), married James Butler, 2nd Baron Dunboyne son of Edmund Butler, 1st Baron Dunboyne and Julia MacCarthy and had issue.

UPDATED VERSION

Piers Butler, 8th Earl of Ormond and 1st Earl of Ossory (c. 1467 – 26 August 1539), also known as (Irish Piers Ruadh) Red Piers, was from the Polestown branch of the Butler family of Ireland.

During the prolonged absence from Ireland of the earls, his father Sir James Butler (d.1487) had laid claim to the Ormond land and titles. This had precipitated a crisis in the Ormond succession when the seventh earl later died without a male heir. On 20 March 1489, King Henry VII appointed him High Sheriff of County Kilkenny. He was knighted prior to September 1497. The following year (1498) he seized Kilkenny Castle and with his wife, Margaret FitzGerald (d.1542), the dynamic daughter of the earl of Kildare, probably improved the living accommodation there.

On 28 February 1498 he received a pardon for crimes committed in Ireland, including the murder of James Ormonde, heir to the 7th Earl. He was also made Senechal of the Liberty of Tipperary on 21 June 1505, succeeding his distant relation, James Butler, 9th Baron Dunboyne. On the death of Thomas Butler, 7th Earl of Ormonde on 3 August 1515, Piers Butler became the 8th Earl of Ormond. On 6 March 1522, the King appointed him Chief Governor of Ireland as Lord Deputy; he held this office until 13 May 1524 when he became Lord Treasurer.

One of the heirs general to the Ormond inheritance was Thomas Boleyn, whose mother was a Butler. Boleyn was the father of Anne, whose star was rising at the court of King Henry VIII of England. As the king wanted the titles of Ormond and Wiltshire for Thomas Boleyn, he induced Butler and his coheirs to resign their claims on 18 February 1528. Aided by the king's Chancellor, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Butler was granted the earldom of Ossory.

On 22 February 1538, the earldom of Ormond was restored to him. He died on 26 August 1539 and was buried in St Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny city .

In about 1485, he married Lady Margaret FitzGerald, daughter of Gerald FitzMaurice FitzGerald, 8th Earl of Kildare and Alison FitzEustace. The marriage was political; arranged with the purpose of healing the breach between the two families.[1] In the early years of their marriage, Margaret and her husband were reduced to penury by James Dubh Butler, a nephew, heir to the earldom and agent of the absentee 7th Earl, who resided in England.[2] Piers Butler retaliated by murdering James Dubh in an ambush in 1497. He was pardoned for his crime on 22 February 1498.

They had 3 sons and six daughters.

Sons:

  • James Butler, 9th Earl of Ormond (c. 1501 – 1546), also called "the lame", who married Lady Joan FitzGerald, daughter and heiress of James FitzGerald, 10th Earl of Desmond, and had issue.
  • Richard Butler, 1st Viscount Mountgarret (1500 – 20 May 1571), married his first cousin Eleanor Butler, daughter of his uncle Theobald Butler. They had issue.
  • Thomas Butler, who was slain by Dermoid Mac Shane, Mac GillPatrick of Ossory, and left an only daughter Margaret, first married to Rory O'Moore of Laois, and lastly to Sir Maurice Fitzgerald of Lackagh.

Daughters:

  • Margaret Butler, married firstly to Thomas, second son of the Earl of Desmond, and secondly to Barnaby Fitzpatrick, 1st Baron Upper Ossory and had issue.[3]
  • Catherine Butler {1506–1552/53} married Richard Lord Le Poer; parents of Lord John Le Poer-husband of Ellen, daughter of James 14th Earl of Desmond.
  • Joan Butler (b. 1528), married James Butler, 10th Baron Dunboyne.
  • Ellice Butler (1481–1530). Married firstly to MacMorrish; and secondly in 1503 to Gerald Fitzgerald, 3rd Lord Decies (1482–1533)-grandson of James FitzGerald, 6th Earl of Desmond.
  • Eleanor Butler who married Thomas Butler, 1st Baron Cahir.
  • Helen Butler (1523–1597), (or Ellen) married Donough O'Brien, 1st Earl of Thomond, son of Conor O'Brien, Prince of Thomond and Annabell de Burgh.

The Earl had an illegitimate son, Edmund Butler, who became the Archbishop of Cashel. The Earl also had an illegitimate elder brother, Theobald Butler.

  • Great-great-grandfather: James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormond
  • Great-grandfather: Sir Richard Butler of Polestown
  • Grandfather: Sir Edmund MacRichard Butler of Polestown
  • Father: Sir James Butler of Polestown. His mother, Sabh Kavanagh, was the daughter of Donal Reagh MacMorrough Kavanagh.
  • Royal Descents and Pedigrees of Founders' Kin, Pedigree CXXI, by Sir Bernard Burke (1864)

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piers_Butler,_8th_Earl_of_Ormond

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  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 08
  • Butler, Pierce (d.1539) by Thomas Finlayson Henderson ‎
  • BUTLER, Sir PIERCE or PIERS, eighth Earl of Ormonde and first Earl of Ossory (d. 1539), was descended from the Butlers, baronets of Poolestown, and was the son of Sir James Butler and Sawe (Sabina), daughter of Donnell Reogh MacMurrough Cavenagh, prince of his sept. He succeeded Thomas, seventh earl of Ormonde, in 1515. He took a prominent part in suppressing the Irish rebellions, and when the Earl of Surrey, who was his intimate friend, left the kingdom in 1521, he was appointed lord-deputy. Owing to the representations of the Talbots he was removed from the government in 1524, but the king, to indicate his disagreement with the decision of the commissioners, created him on 13 May lord-treasurer of Ireland. At the special request of the king he surrendered the earldom of Ormonde to Sir Thomas Boleyn (or Bullen), grandson of the seventh earl of Ormonde and brother of Anne Boleyn, and in lieu thereof he was created Earl of Ossory by patent dated 23 Feb. 1527–8. By Lodge and other authorities it is stated that the earldom of Ormonde was restored to Sir Pierce Butler on 22 Feb. 1537–8, on the death of Sir Thomas Boleyn; but, as is shown by Mr. J. H. Round (Foster, Collect. Geneal. vol. i.), the grant of the earldom was made before the death of Thomas Boleyn, earl of Wiltshire and Ormonde, and that the earldom was a new one is sufficiently attested by the fact that it was limited to heirs male of his body. After its conferment ‘the Earl of Wilts,’ as is mentioned in the ‘Carew State Papers,’ ‘was content to be so named earl of Ormonde in Ireland, semblably as the two Lords Dacres be named the one of the south and the other of the north’ (Calendar, Carew MSS. 1515–1574, p. 127). The Earl of Ormonde manifested the sincerity of his loyalty by his activity in taking measures for crushing the insurrection of his brother-in-law, Lord Thomas Fitzgerald, and after the latter's execution he was rewarded by a large grant of lands. He afterwards turned his arms against the Earl of Desmond, who submitted and took an oath of fidelity. He died on 21 or 26 Aug. 1539, and was buried in the chancel of St. Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny. He is stated to have been ‘a man of great honour and sincerity, infinitely good-natured.’ He brought over to Kilkenny artificers and manufacturers from Flanders and the neighbouring provinces, whom he employed in working tapestry, diaper, Turkey carpets, and similar industries. By his wife Margaret, daughter of Gerald Fitzgerald, earl of Kildare, he had three sons and six daughters. His second son, Richard, created Viscount Mountgarret, 23 Oct. 1550, was grandfather of Richard, third Viscount Mountgarret [q. v.] His eldest son, James, created Viscount Thurles in 1535, became ninth Earl of Ormonde, married Lady Joan Fitzgerald, daughter and heiress of James, eleventh earl of Desmond, was suspected of hostility to the English government, and was poisoned while in London at a supper at Ely House. He died on 28 Oct. 1546. His son Thomas (1532–1614) [q. v.] succeeded to the earldom.
  • [Carte's Life of the Duke of Ormonde (Oxford ed. 1851), i. lxxxvi–xciii; Lodge's Peerage of Ireland, iv. 19–22; Paper on the Barony of Arklow by J. H. Round in Foster's Collectanea Genealogica, vol. i.; and on the Ormonde Attainders in the Genealogist, new ser., vol. i. No. 7, 186–9; State Papers, Irish Series; Calendar of Carew MSS.]
  • From: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Butler,_Pierce_(d.1539)_(DNB00)
  • https://archive.org/stream/dictionaryofnati08stepuoft#page/72/mode/1up to https://archive.org/stream/dictionaryofnati08stepuoft#page/73/mode/1up

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  • Sir Piers Butler, 8th Earl Ormonde, Earl of Ossory1
  • M, #14622, b. 1467, d. 26 August 1539
  • Father Sir James Butler d. 16 Apr 1467
  • Mother Sabh MacMorough Kavanaugh
  • Sir Piers Butler, 8th Earl Ormonde, Earl of Ossory was born in 1467 at Dedham, Essex, Eng. He married Margaret FitzGerald, daughter of Gerald FitzGerald, 8th Earl Kildare and Allison FitzEustace, in 1485. Sir Piers Butler, 8th Earl Ormonde, Earl of Ossory died on 26 August 1539.
  • Family Margaret FitzGerald d. 9 Sep 1542
  • Children
    • Ellen Butler d. 2 Jul 1597
    • Sir Richard Butler, 1st Viscount Mountgarret d. 20 Dec 1571
    • Thomas Butler d. 1532
    • Margaret Butler d. bt 9 Sep 1542 - 25 Jul 1551
    • Catherine Butler d. 17 Mar 1553
    • Joan Butler
    • Ellinor Butler
    • James Butler, 9th Earl Ormonde, Viscount Thurles b. b 20 Jul 1504, d. 28 Oct 1546
  • Citations
  • [S3907] Unknown author, Burke's Peerage, 1938, p. 1909.
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p487.htm#i14622

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  • Piers Butler, 8th Earl of Ormonde1
  • M, #33154, b. circa 1467, d. 26 August 1539
  • Last Edited=8 Feb 2015
  • Piers Butler, 8th Earl of Ormonde was born circa 1467.1 He was the son of Sir James Butler and Sabh Kavanagh.1 He married Lady Margaret FitzGerald, daughter of Gerald FitzGerald, 8th Earl of Kildare and Alison Eustace, circa 1485.2 He died on 26 August 1539.1 He was buried at St. Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Ireland.3
  • Piers Butler, 8th Earl of Ormonde also went by the nick-name of 'Red Piers'.1 He was invested as a Knight in 1479.1 He held the office of Sheriff of Kilkenny in March 1488/89.1 He succeeded to the title of 8th Earl of Ormonde [I., 1328] on 3 August 1515.1 He held the office of Lord Depute of Ireland from March 1521/22 to 1524.1 He held the office of Lord High Treasurer [Ireland] in 1524.1 He held the office of Lord Depute of Ireland from 1528 to 1529.1 He held the office of Constable of Dungarvan Castle, County Waterford in February 1527/28.1 On 18 February 1527/28 he was forced to relinquish his Earldom so that Sir Thomas Boleyn could take it.1 He was created 1st Earl of Ossory [Ireland] on 23 February 1527/28.1 On 22 February 1537/38 he got back the Earldom of Ormonde.1 He has an extensive biographical entry in the Dictionary of National Biography.4
  • Children of Piers Butler, 8th Earl of Ormonde and Lady Margaret FitzGerald
    • Lady Ellen Butler+5 d. 2 Jul 1597
    • Hon. John Butler+1 d. 10 May 1570
    • Richard Butler, 1st Viscount Mountgarret+1 d. 20 Dec 1571
    • Lady Margaret Butler+1
    • Lady Joan Butler+6
    • Lady Eleanor Butler+7 d. a 1550
    • Lady Katherine Butler+5 d. 17 Mar 1552/53
    • Lady Ellice Butler+8
    • Hon. Thomas Butler1 d. 1532
    • James Butler, 9th Earl of Ormonde+1 b. b 20 Jul 1504, d. 28 Oct 1546
  • Citations
  • [S37] BP2003 volume 2, page 2808. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • [S1007] Dr. G. Harry McLaughlin, "re: McLaughlin Family," e-mail message to Darryl Lundy, 25 January 2004 and 6 April 2004. Hereinafter cited as "re: McLaughlin Family."
  • [S4697] Charles R. Buterl, "re: Butler Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger LUNDY (101053), 27 June 2010. Hereinafter cited as "re: Butler Family."
  • [S77] Leslie Stephen, editor, Dictionary of National Biography (London, U.K.: Smith, Elder & Company, 1908), volume III, page 524-25. Hereinafter cited as Dictionary of National Biography.
  • [S37] BP2003. [S37]
  • [S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume I, page 396. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • [S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume II, page 465.
  • [S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume IV, page 110.
  • From: http://www.thepeerage.com/p3316.htm#i33154

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  • Piers BUTLER (8° E. Ormonde)
  • Born: ABT 1467
  • Acceded: 1515
  • Died: 26 Aug 1539
  • Buried: St. Canice, Kilkenny, Ireland
  • Notes: See his Biography.
  • Father: James BUTLER (Sir)
  • Mother: Sabine KAVANAGH
  • Married: Margaret FITZGERALD (C. Ormonde) ABT 1485
  • Children:
    • 1. James BUTLER (9° E. Ormonde)
    • 2. Margaret BUTLER
    • 3. Thomas BUTLER
    • 4. Richard BUTLER (1° V. Mountgarret)
    • 5. Edmund BUTLER (Archbishop of Cashel)
    • 6. Catherine BUTLER (C. Desmond)
    • 7. Joan BUTLER
    • 8. Helen BUTLER (C. Thomond)
    • 9. Eleanor BUTLER
  • From: http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/BUTLER.htm#Piers BUTLER (8° E. Ormonde)
  • See his Biography.
  • Known as the "Red Piers". 1st. Seneschal of the Liberty of Tipperary. Chief Governor of Ireland. Piers married Margaret FitzGerald, daughter of the 8th Earl of Kildare. This couple were great builders. They are credited with important additions to Granagh Castle in Kilkenny; they rebuilt another Butler castle at Gowran, Kilkenny; founded Kilkenny College (one of Ireland's oldest surviving schools) in 1536 and they were also responsible for work at Ormond Castle.
  • In the early years of their marriage Piers and his wife were reduced to penury by Sir James Dubh "Black James" Ormond, the ambitious agent, and bastard nephew, of the absentee Thomas, 7° Earl of Ormond. Such was their plight that they were forced to lurk in the woods where Margaret, being great with child and upon necessity constrained to use a spare diet (for her only sustenance was milk) she longed sore for wine; and calling her lord and a trusty servant of his, James White, unto her, she requested them both to help her to some wine. "Truly, Margaret', quoth Sir Piers, 'Thou shalt have store of wine within this four and twenty hours, or else thou shalt feed alone on milk for me'.
  • The next day following Piers, having intelligence that his enemy, the base Butler, would have travelled from Donmore to Kilkenny; notwithstanding he were accompanied with six horesemen, yet Piers having none but his lackey, did forestal him in the way, and with a courageous charge gored the bastard through with his spear. Piers himself then became Ormond's agent and presumably Margaret got her wine. But it required all his pertinacity to get himself recognised as the true heir to the earldom. The existence of two elder brothers would have been an insuperable stumbling block, had not both of them been born before their parents had received the necessary papal dispensation for marriage. Then there was the Boleyn bombshell.
  • Forced to give up Earldom of Ormonde to Anne Boleyn's father, Sir Thomas Boleyn, in 1529, after Henry VIII fell for her, in return Butler was created 1st Earl of Ossory. After the fall of Anne Boleyn 1536, and the death shortly after without male heir of her father, he succeeded in regaining Earldom of Ormonde, always numbered as 8th Earl (Boleyn not counted). Piers emerged from the interlude with two Earldoms and died the next year in 1539. He was the first of the earls of Ormond to be buried in St Canice's Cathedral.
  • From: http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/Bios/PiersButler(8EOrmonde).htm

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  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 08
  • Butler, Edmund by John Thomas Gilbert
  • BUTLER, EDMUND (d. 1551), archbishop of Cashel, illegitimate son of Piers, eighth Earl of Ormonde, studied at Oxford, became a canon regular of St. Augustine, and was appointed prior of the abbey of that order at Athassel in the county of Tipperary. In 1524 Butler was nominated by the pope to the archbishopric of Cashel, with permission to retain the priory of Athassel. The consecration of Butler took place in 1527. He was a member of the privy council in Ireland, held a provincial synod at Limerick in 1529, and, on the dissolution of religious houses in Ireland, surrendered the abbey of Athassel to the crown.
  • Butler was present in the parliament at Dublin in 1541 which enacted the statute conferring the title of 'King of Ireland' on Henry VIII and his heirs. The communication addressed to the king on this subject, bearing the signature of the Archbishop of Cashel, has been reproduced on plate lxxi in the third part of 'Facsimiles of National Manuscripts of Ireland.' Butler's autograph and archiepiscopal seal were attached to the 'Complaint' addressed to Henry VIII in 1542 by 'the Gentlemen, Inheritors, and Freeholders of the county of Tipperary.' This document also appears in the same 'Facsimiles.' A letter from Butler to the Protector, Somerset, in 1548, is preserved among the state papers in the Public Record Office, London. In 1549-50 Butler took part at Limerick with James, Earl of Desmond, and the king's commissioners, in the enactment of ordinances for the government of Munster. References to Butler and his proceedings concerning public affairs in the districts of Ireland with which he was connected occur in the English governmental correspondence of his time. Butler died in March 1550-1, and was buried in the cathedral, Cashel, under an elaborate marble monument which he had erected, but which does not now exist.
  • [Wood's Athenæ Oxen. (Bliss), ii. 767; Archiepiscoporum Casselliensium Vitæ, 1626; Ware's Bishops of Ireland, i. 482-3; Hibernia Sacra, 1717; State Papers, Ireland; Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland, 1848; Shirley's Original Letters, 1851; Brady's Episcopal Succession, 1876.]
  • From: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Butler,_Edmund_(DNB00)

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ID: I17190

Name: Piers Butler

Surname: Butler

Given Name: Piers

Sex: M

Birth: 1467

Death: 1539

_UID: F34214720090324996F4168A084EC3111AD8

Change Date: 1 Mar 2007 at 21:36:41

Father: James Butler b: 1437 in Callan,Kilkenny,Ireland

Mother: Sarah Sabine Kavanagh b: 1440 in Ireland

Marriage 1 Living Windsor

Children

Thomas Butler b: ABT 1500 in Dedham,Essex,England

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Biography from http://www.harrymclaughlin.com/Descent_From_King_Edward_I_.pdf

Piers Butler, Earl of Ormonde, ‘Red Piers’. Murderer. Born ca 1467. Chief Governor of Ireland. Earl of Ossory 1528. First Seneschal of the Liberty of Tipperary. Died 1539. Buried St. Canice, Kilkenny.

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Piers Butler, 8th Earl of Ormond's Timeline

1460
1460
Kilkenny County, Ireland
1477
1477
Age 17
of Ferns, Wexfd, Ire
1481
1481
Age 21
1485
1485
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Halstead, Eseex, England
1485
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Ireland
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1487
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Ireland
1487
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Balmagir, Wexford, Ireland
1495
1495
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Gowran, Killkenny, , Ireland
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1496
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Cork, Ireland
1500
1500
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Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Ireland