Dublin Tramways
John Kelleher                                     
Mount Merrion Historical Society
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                8.00pm, Thursday 4th January, 2024
                         Fitzwilliam Rooms 
            Mount Merrion Community Centre
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          If Those Trees Could Speak
- the story of an ascendancy family in Ireland
         Presented by:
Frank Tracy
Hugh Hamon Massy came to Ireland with Cromwell in 1649. He was a Cavalry officer who campaigned in Munster. Following the Cromwellian campaign he was granted extensive landholdings in Co. Limerick. By the end of the nineteenth century the Massy family had accumulated 34,000 acres of land and four mansions, in addition to a title, Lord Massy of Duntrileague. On 15th May 1924 the 8th Baron Massy was evicted from the family's last remaining  mansion at Killakee in the Dublin Mountains and Lord Massy spent his remaining 34 years living with his wife in straitened financial circumstances in a three-roomed gate lodge on his former estate.

This talk tells the story of the rise and fall of the Massy family.
Frank Tracy was born and grew up in the Dublin Liberties and now lives with his family in Stillorgan. He spent his working life in the Irish Public Service and since his retirement has taken an active interest in hillwalking and exploring various aspects of Irish history, particularly the Anglo-Irish and the Celtic Church.
He also gives historical talks to community groups and leads historical walks to venues of historical interest.