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Notable Irish Members (Historic): Henry Roche

Henry Roche KHS Admitted 17th. November 1912. (1862 – 1947). Mr. P.J. Roche endowed his son with an unusual wedding present, the ruined 13th century castle at Enniscorthy, which he immediately set about restoring.

Henry Roche

When the restoration work was completed in 1905, Mr. P.J. Roche had gone to his eternal reward. When the newly wedded Mr. Henry J. Roche and his American-born bride returned to Enniscorthy it was a time for celebration, not just for the family but for the towns people as well. Candles burned brightly in every window of The Maltings facing the railway station as they stepped from the station to the handshake and well-wishers.


The smiling and happy couple were ushered to a waiting horse-drawn carriage and employees of The Maltings formed a guard of honour to escort the procession to Borodale House, which was rented from the Beatty Family, while Enniscorthy Castle was restored. It was a great social occasion for the townspeople, the kind that belongs to a lost era.


When Henry Roche of Enniscorthy Castle married Miss Josephine Shriver in 1900, the bride from Baltimore, U.S.A. was destined to provide a link between Enniscorthy and the United States Presidency. Miss Shriver’s first cousin was Robert Sargent Shriver’s mother and Sargent Shriver married Miss Eunice Kennedy, sister of the late John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), 35th President of the United States.

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