### The homestead has been in the Lonergan Family for close to two centuries so has plenty of history attached. Mary Kate’s Farmhouse was the birthplace of Lester Lonergan, actor, director & playwright. Born on the 28th April 1869, his interest lay in theatre and in his teens saw him emigrate first to the United Kingdom and then to the America. He started in stage theatre and then to film. Lester’s Film Catalogue includes Seven Faces (1929) cast as Judge Berthelot and released by Fox Film Corporation; he died in Lynn Massachusetts USA August 13, 1931. Lester was married to actress Amy Ricard and his children included actor Lester Lonergan Jr, known for TV series Growing Paynes (1948/49). His granddaughter Lenore Lonergan was also an actress and starred in many films including Westward the Women (1951) & The Lady Says No (1951). Lenore was married to champion sailor & powerboat racer, builder & broker Richard Howard Bertram. The farmhouse has connections also to James Harvey Strobridge through his wife Hannah. Mr Strobridge was the Superintendent of Construction on the Central Pacific Railroad linking the west with the east of America.
### Location Boolakennedy Luxury Self Catering Holiday Farm Cottages are located near the historic town of Cahir, the crossroads of Munster. Situated just off junction 11 on the M8 motorway, we are easily accessible from Dublin, Shannon, Cork and Waterford airports as with Rosslare, Dublin and Cork ferry ports. We are perfectly positioned to take advantage of either the Wild Atlantic Way, Munster Vales and Ireland’s Ancient East. Boolakennedy offers a stunning panoramic view of the Knockmealdown mountain range from its beautiful setting at the foot of the Galtee Mountains. Spring time on our farm will see little lambs being born and breathing new life at Boolakennedy to live in harmony alongside our cattle, donkey’s and horses, all literally outside your window. Wild-life such as foxes, deer, squirrels and pheasant can also be seen when you least expect it. In the background you will hear the burble of the river that flows from the Galtee’s just meters from the homestead.