This lecture will focus on Thomas Conolly of Castletown House, Co. Kildare, and the social networking of the power elite. Conolly moved from space to space engaging in the social rituals that connected the elites within the wider social and political setting. Central to this lecture is Castletown, the most important Palladian house in Ireland. Suzanne M. Pegley lectured in Geography at Maynooth University. She wrote ‘The Land Commission and the making of Rath Cairn: the first Gaeltacht colony’ (2011) and co-wrote ‘Aspects of Leixlip’ (2001) and ‘Aspects of Lucan’ (2009). Her above titled study of Thomas Conolly was recently published (Four Courts Press, 2022).