originally came from Flanders, then emigrated to Pembrokeshire in Wales,
before three of the family - David, Adam and Henry de la Roch - joined
Strongbow in the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland in the 12th century.
At Glanworth, near Fermoy in Co. Cork, can be seen the ruins of a Roche
castle destroyed by Cromwellian forces in the 17th century. West of
Glanworth is the attractive village of Castletownroche, which derives
its name from another Roche settlement. A more complete Roche castle can
be seen in Co. Wexfordóthe Norman castle at Ferrycarrig, now the
location of the Irish National Heritage Park. In all there are sixteen
Rochestowns in Ireland and innumerable Roche castles.