Lord Peter Ralfe Harrington Evans-Freke died in Twickenham at 92 last Thursday following a six-month illness. Some 25 members spanning three generations of the Evans- Freke family have returned to their ancestral home at Rathbarry Castle — scene of the longest siege in Irish history — from China, the US, Spain and England.
He will be entombed at the family crypt at the Chapel of Castlefreke where his late wife Lady Joyzelle Carbery was laid to rest in 2006. Her burial was the first in the Freke family mausoleum since 1852.
Lord Carbery later wed Lady Elisabeth Carbery with whom he spent five happy years before his death.
Stephen Ralfe Harrington Evans-Freke, Lord Carbery’s youngest son, yesterday said his father loved the family home at Castlefreke and Rathbarry Castle.
One of the last conversations they shared was about the family homeplace.
“He first brought me here when I was 12,” he said. “He loved it. Last year, the first thing he said to me when I saw him was: ‘When am I going back to Castlefreke?’ ”
Lord Carbery lay in repose at Rathbarry Castle yesterday, the 17th century home bought back by the family in 1999 and restored.
Today’s funeral ceremony will begin at 3pm. Lord Carbery is survived his wife, Lady Elisabeth Carbery, his five children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
See tomorrow’s Irish Examiner for coverage of Lord Carbery’s funeral.