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Anglo-Irish

The term Anglo-Irish means British-Irish and is used frequently to describe formal contacts, negotiations or treaties between both states. The most famous examples are:

The term Anglo-Irish is also applied to Irish aristocrats of British or partially British descent. One leading Anglo-Irish peer described his experience as one of the 'Anglo-Irish' as being regarded as Irish in England, English in Ireland and not accepted fully as belonged to either. However such divisions are no longer as prevalent in Ireland, where Anglo-Irish peers have played a prominent role in modern Irish affairs.

Among the most prominent Anglo-Irish Peers are or were:

  • Lord Henry Mountcharles - owner of the Slane Castle[?] rock venue and candidate for Fine Gael in recent Irish general elections;
  • The Third Earl of Iveagh - head of the Guinness Family, who sat in the Irish Senate (1973-1977)
  • The O'Conor Don[?] - claimant to the Irish Throne;
  • Lord Glenavy - first speaker of the Irish Senate (1922);
  • Lady Valerie Goulding - founder of the Rehabitation Institute & close associate of former taoiseach (prime minister) Charles J. Haughey
  • Lord Longford - Impressario at the Gate Theatre[?] in Dublin in the 1950s;
  • Frank Packenham (who succeeded his brother - above - to become Lord Longford) - British Labour cabinet minister, biographer and friend of Eamon de Valera;
  • Senator Martin Mansergh - new Irish senator and advisor of three Irish taoisigh (prime ministers) on Northern Ireland);
  • Lord Killanin - former head of the International Olympic Committee and head until his death of the state-affiliated Irish Heritage Council;

A number of Anglo-Irish Peers have been appointed by Presidents of Ireland to serve on their advisory Council of State. A number of peers were also considered possible candidates for presidents of Ireland, including

  • Lady Valerie Goulding
  • Lord Killanin
  • Lord Ashbourne ( a renouned gaelic scholar).

Further Reading

  • Peter Berresford Ellis, Erin's Blood Royal: The Gaelic Noble Dynasties of Ireland ISBN 0094786003



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