As a young man he was preoccupied with “social life, travel and the opposite sex” and left a trail of lovers and mistresses across the continent. His siblings relied on him as the only one capable of dealing with their mother’s mental illness, which he apparently did with patience and love.
Hardly attributes that we normally associate with Lord Leitrim, a man we are more used to describing as an embittered tyrant and oppressor who was disliked by his fellow-landlords as much as by his tenants.
In the Mohill & District Historical and Heritage Society talk on April 11, Fiona Slevin will look at Lord Leitrim’s relationships and how they meshed with his broader life. The talk will start at 8pm sharp in the Canon Donohue Hall, Mohill. Cost €5 per lecture.