British ambassador Dominick Chilcott knows more about Limerick history then most, as his residence in Dublin, Glencairn House, has very strong local connections.
John Leonard from Corbally was recently invited to Mr Chilcott’s home to explain the history of the house and lands prior to the acquisition by the British Foreign office in 1953 from Mr Leonard’s uncle, Mr J O’Neill.
Richard ‘Boss’ Croker bought Glencairn in 1904. The Crokers emigrated from Devonshire to Limerick and Cork in Cromwell’s time. The Croker coat of arms is still engraved in the stained glass window at Glencairn.
The Boss Croker is a grandson of the famous John Croker of Ballingarde, Ballyneety, who famously uttered on his death bed ‘I doubt it’ when told he was going to a better place.
Mr Leonard presented the recently appointed ambassador with a copy of the book Boss Croker by Padraic Farrell at his meeting in Dublin. It is a novel based on the life and times of this colourful and flamboyant character.