Postcard from Ireland: Finding Irish Family Roots in County Laois
Here are my postcard photos of Roundwood House which was originally built by my 8th Great Grandfather in about the 1670s. The long low house was the original dwelling built by the “Dublin Merchant” and Quaker Anthony Sharp. Anthony was a business associate of William Penn and owned a large portion of the state of New Jersey as one of the original purchasers of land there. He sent his nephew Thomas Sharp and his son Isaac Sharp to oversee those lands and each served as a Proprietor of New Jersey and have many notable descendants. but that is for another story!
After Anthony’s death his great grandson Robert Anthony Flood inherited his demesne of Killinure in Co Laois (Queens County) and built the Georgian Manor and renamed it Roundwood House. Both the Manor house and portions of the original home of Anthony Sharp are used as Hidden Ireland Country Hotel. We were so fortunate to stay there this summer with free reign to explore inside and out and treated as family. An extra bonus was that actor Gabriel Byrne was staying there with his friend while we were there. We were the only four, but he wasn’t up for socializing much!
Exploring the property was one of the highlights of our trip and it is very close to Tipperary in Mountrath Co. Laois!
Kim — Hobe Sound, Florida
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