dave, did you ever find your link to the earls? if you did ,towhich earl are you related? i'm related to the 3rd earl according to our oral family history. the story goes like this;the butler ran off with the earls' ward, ellen. the parish priest in adare, ire led us to believe the ward was the earls' illegitement daughter, however, i've never seen any documented records. but i'm still searching. how about you?