Stories from old Newspapers

Waterford Evening News 24 November 1904

Rejoicing at Strancally Castle

‘Not for a long time was there such rejoicing in this part of the country as that which took place on Saturday evening, at Strancally Castle, on the return of Mr George Whitelocke Lloyd and his bride off their honeymoon. There was nothing left undone to make the occasion a real Irish welcome. Beautiful arches were erected at intervals along the avenue…bonfires were to be seen everywhere for miles… [He is] one of the kindest and most popular gentlemen, and largest employers of labour in the south.  At 6p.m…a vast crowd of the tenantry and people from the surrounding district, headed by their local band, had taken up their position…When the carriage arrived, a ringing cheer which rent the air, and cries of ‘You are Welcome’. When the cheering subsided, Mr. Michael Whelan stepped forward on behalf of the tenants…and welcomed the return of Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd…Mr. Lloyd acknowledged in return their gratitude and hoped that the good feeling would long continue…the whole party adjourned to a large building in the courtyard, decorated for the occasion…Messrs Whelan & Dunne left nothing undone to make everything most comfortable…The ball was opened by Mr. Whelan, D.C., Camphire and when he rose to drink the health of Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd, the toast being joined by all present, who sang, ‘For he’s a Jolly Good Fellow’. Dancing commenced at 9p.m. and lasted till 6 in the morning, when the pleasant party broke up, well pleased with their night’s amusement’.

Mr Lloyd was married three times. His first two wives were Selina Jane Henry 1854, and Lady Anne Margaret Butler 1861. His third wife was Anna Maria Bennett of Buttevant Castle, Co Cork.