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Cornelius O'Brien of Birchfield (1782 - 1857) by Henry Comber



The Birchfield Estate


The Landlord

Political Career

The Duellist

Marriage, Love and Posterity

Storied Urn or Animated Bust

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Birchfield House, courtesy Hugh Weir
Birchfield House, courtesy Hugh Weir

This article examines the caricature generally presented of the colourful and influential Cornelius O’Brien of Birchfield House,
Liscannor, who for half a century dominated the narrow peninsula between the Cliffs of Moher and Liscannor Bay, a region which, even today, still seems permeated by his personality.