This short article is based on William Petty’s map of Wexford of 1685 and its depiction of Bree. As well as detailing a number of place-names within the parish the map also shows the location […]
The tumultuous life of James Keating, a Bree man who played a starring role in the politics and history of late 15th century Ireland.
Late one night in 1739 a group of outlaws known as the Kellymount Gang attacked the residence of Captain Donovan of Clonmore, Bree (Griffiths 1877, 300). The Kellymount gang were a notorious band of thieves and robbers, who […]
On the 8th of April 1580 the parish of Bree was attacked by a large force of men who robbed and pillaged as they went. This event and more importantly the subsequent English response was […]
The early 1830’s saw a period of great unrest in Ireland with high rents and the imposition of tithe payments causing much anger amongst the rural poor. Egged on by an increasingly confident Catholic Church the peasantry […]
During the medieval period the now derelict Macmine castle was home to one of Wexford’s most prominent families, the Fitzhenrys. Originally from the Pembroke region in Wales the Fitzhenrys arrived in Ireland with the first wave of […]