Primary Resources

This resource gallery has been developed to be used for pre visit preparatory work and for post visit reference. You will find a range of primary documents and material here that links to the themes in each unit. By clicking on any image below you can access background information on the source and also find out where it came from and where it is currently held.

The Pakenham Mahon Family c. 1900

A photograph of the Pakenham Mahon family outside Strokestown House c. 1900. Henry Pakenham Mahon, known as 'Harry' spent six months of every year, from July to December.

The Roman Catholic Clergy of Strokestown to the Lord Lieutenant, 25 September 1846

A letter from the Catholic Clergy of Strokestown to the Lord Lieutenant complaining that they had been removed from the Famine Relief Committe in the town. 

The State of Roscommon

A description of the 'State of Roscommon' printed in Roscommon Journal and reprinted in the The Times (of London) on the 10 July 1847.

Wilfred Stuart Atherstone Hales

A photograph of Wilfred Stuart Atherstone Hales in the uniform of the East Yorkshire Regiment, with which he served during World War 1. Known as Stuart Hales, he came to Ireland during the Irish War of Independence and was stationed at Strokestown. This is where he met Olive Pakenham Mahon. The couple were married in December 1921. 

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