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From TheJournal.ie New law allows families to declare missing people dead, ending 'limbo' period Estate

New law allows families to declare missing people dead, ending 'limbo' period

Relatives will no longer have to wait seven years to deal with estates.

From TheJournal.ie Two bodies discovered at house in Kildare Naas

Two bodies discovered at house in Kildare

The deaths are not being treated as suspicious.

From TheJournal.ie Two more people have come forward claiming to be heirs to Prince Genetic Tests

Two more people have come forward claiming to be heirs to Prince

Prince died suddenly on April 21 and had no recognised children or will even though his estate may be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

From TheJournal.ie Search to identify Prince's heirs as he died 'without a will' Intestate

Search to identify Prince's heirs as he died 'without a will'

Immediate decisions must be made about his business interests.

From TheJournal.ie Has your family fallen out over a will? We'd like to know Inheritance

Has your family fallen out over a will? We'd like to know

Who gets what after a person’s death can create permanent divisions and deep wounds.

From TheJournal.ie Young buyers unhappy homes they paid deposits on were sold for social housing Finglas

Young buyers unhappy homes they paid deposits on were sold for social housing

The buyers of the 14 houses found out the estate had been sold on after reading it in the local newspaper.

From TheJournal.ie Mandela widow gives up her right to half his estate Nelson Mandela

Mandela widow gives up her right to half his estate

She does, however, get four properties, cars, artwork and jewellery in lieu.

From TheJournal.ie "Social responsibility" reminder for Electric Ireland after street lights blackout In The Dark

"Social responsibility" reminder for Electric Ireland after street lights blackout

Two more Kildare estates have received letters saying their electricity could be switched off.

From TheJournal.ie "We're in limbo": Kilcock residents face sixth night without street lights Power Out

"We're in limbo": Kilcock residents face sixth night without street lights

Negotiations are said to be ongoing between Kildare County Council and ESB Networks on the issue.

From TheJournal.ie "The situation hasn't been resolved": Fears lights could be turned off in more estates Kilcock

"The situation hasn't been resolved": Fears lights could be turned off in more estates

Street lighting was turned off at Chambers Park in Kilcock last week.

From TheJournal.ie PICS: Protesters have a snoop around ousted president's stately home Ukraine This post contains images

PICS: Protesters have a snoop around ousted president's stately home

Hundreds turned up to have a look around the vast estate.

15 of the best things about living in a housing estate

Kerbs, ice-cream, bonfires and The Green.

From TheJournal.ie Victims launch legal action against BBC and Jimmy Savile's estate Sexual Abuse

Victims launch legal action against BBC and Jimmy Savile's estate

Lawyers for 31 of the alleged victims of sexual abuse say they have taken the first steps in what could be a major legal action.

Tony Curtis left his children nothing in will

An attempt to contest the will failed after legendary actor chose not to make provisions for his children.

From TheJournal.ie Solicitor bought several properties from client's estate Ó Ceallaigh

Solicitor bought several properties from client's estate

Ruairí Ó Ceallaigh used €2.4m of cleints’ money to buy houses and gamble on the stock market.

THE SIZE of the fortunes left behind by some of Ireland’s most famous sons have been published by an online genealogy website.

Ancestry.co.uk has published the details of millions of wills, including Irish legends Oscar Wilde, Charles Stewart Parnell, William Butler Yeats and Ernest Shackleton.

The records made available also include those of Charles Darwin, Karl Marx and Charles Dickens.

We’ve gone through some the best-known names to give you the details:

Oscar Wilde

Dublin man Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde – better known as Oscar Wilde – remains one of Ireland’s most famous writers. Wilde was also extremely popular during his own lifetime and was paid handsomely for his works, which included The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray.

But, despite this, he died in diminished circumstances.

Wilde died in November 1900, and while it would be wrong to say that he died “penniless”, he left an estate worth just £250 (€28,000 today ) which, considering his earlier wealth, was a very modest sum. His estate, which he left to his son Vyvyan Beresford Holland, took twenty years to settle.

William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats, a poet, dramatist and Nobel Prize winner,was born Co Dublin and was one of the driving forces behind the Irish Literary Revival. He famously penned The Tower and The Winding Stair and Other Poems.

Yeats left an estate valued at £4,498 14s 2d (worth €267,000 today) to his widow Bertha Georgie Yeats. He died in January 1939,

Charles Stewart Parnell

Wicklow man Charles Stewart Parnell championed the cause of Home Rule for Ireland, was elected as the MP for Co Meath, and entered the House of Commons in London in 1875.

He fell from grace after the details of his seven-year affair with married woman, Kitty O’Shea, were revealed. The pair later married.

In 1891 Parnell – known as the “uncrowned king of Ireland” – left a total of £11,774 7s 3d, which would be the equivalent of €1.3m in today, to his wife, Kitty.
Ernest Shackleton
Ernest Shackleton, born in Kilkea in Co Kildare, was a polar explorer and one of the principle figures involved in what is known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. He died during his last expedition in 1922.
Shackleton left an estate of £556 2s 2d (the equivalent of around €24,000 today) to his widow, Emily Mary Shackleton.
Bram Stoker

Clontarf-born “Dracula” author Bram Stoker left an estate worth £5,269 12s 7d (€553,000 in today’s values) to his widow, Florence Ann Lemon Stoker after his death in 1012.

Other famous names

  • Author and creator of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, left the equivalent of €3.6 million by today’s standards
  • Writer Charles Dickens left the equivalent of €8.5 million
  • British naturalist Charles Darwin left behind a whopping estate worth €15 million
  • Socialist Karl Marx left a much more modest sum, the equivalent of €27,000, to his youngest daughter Eleanor

Ancestry.co.uk allows registered users a two-week free trial. After that, there is a subscription service, or pay as you go, at a cost of £6.95 for access to 12 documents.