While Ken's heritage is primarily peasant, and all traces of them have been long ploughed under, the Irish ancestors were land owners and gentry, therefore landmarks remain.
Rossmanagher is an estate near Bunratty and was once in the possession of the D'Esterre family.
An interesting thing about Ireland is that it seems the house is always on one side of the road while the stable and other farm buildings were built across the road from the house.
A river runs near the estate, and apparently at one time it was a difficult river to cross, as well as inconvenient to travel around, so Henry D'Esterre built a bridge.
Though you can't see it in the picture, this stone reads:
The river isn't so intimidating anymore. Pretty, though!
Anyhow, Henry was an enterprising man. He saw the chance to make a penny or two, and since stone is readily available everywhere, in fact he was probably looking for something to do with all the stone he was picking out of his fields, he built a toll booth in front of his bridge and gated it.
Typical oppressive upper class - good thing Ken is only 1/8th nobility - ha!
Again, pretty though. And it gives us a spot to stand and say family once stood here, built this, worked and lived.
Even I could feel it, and I'm not one bit Irish.