Will reflects late Earl of Dunraven’s “incredible love story”

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

THE late Earl of Dunraven has left €6000 in his will for the upkeep of St Nicholas’ Church in Adare, the church in which his funeral service was held last March.

THE late Earl of Dunraven has left €6000 in his will for the upkeep of St Nicholas’ Church in Adare, the church in which his funeral service was held last March.

The bequest to the historic Church of Ireland church was made public in a weekend newspaper which also reported that the 7th Earl of Dunraven and Mounty Earl, the last in the line, had left more than €4m. in his will, an amount which included the family home at Kilgobbin.

According to the report of the will’s probate, the bulk of his estate and personal possessions were left to his wife, Countess Geraldine and lands and investments to various family trusts. Personal sums were also left to family members along with the bequest to St Nicholas.

The church bequest will be a welcome boost to the community which recently welcomed its new resident rector, the Rev Gary Paulsen. The community has also recently embarked on a restoration project, with the primary focus to repair the roof and valleys and stop the wet and damp getting into the historic 14th century church.

It was here, following his death last March, that the Earl’s family and many friends and neighbours gathered to mark and celebrate his life, a life described by many as remarkable.

Born in 1939, Thady Quin was the son of Richard Southwell Windham Robert Wyndham-Quin, sixth Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl, and Nancy Yuille and was educated in England and in Switzerland. He contracted polio at the age of 15 and was later confined to a wheelchair. He underwent several operations in the course of his life.

He married Geraldine McAleer in 1969 and they have one daughter, Ana who married Duncan Johnson in 2009.

Last March,Countess Geraldine in a moving address to the congregation said: “Please, no tears. Or not that many.” Above all the tributes made to her late husband’s achievements and qualities, she said: “What I would really like you to remember is: We have loved since before forever.”

The Rev Stan Evans who gave the homily said “this was one of the most amazing love stories of our time” and had left an indelible impression.