Tourists on the trail of disgraced banker
A WICKLOW resident whose bank collapsed amid revelations that he had large personal loans and engaged in dubious financial practices, will be remembered in Enniskerry next month.
A ‘graveyard trail’ is to be launched taking in some of the well-known people buried locally, former Munster Bank chairman William Shaw among them.
Shaw was chairman of the bank when a run happened in 1885. It emerged that he received a personal loan of £80,000, while over-generous dividends were paid to him and other directors.
Shaw was ruined and ended his days working as a journalist before retiring to Enniskerry, where he died in September 1895.
He and others on the trail are to be commemorated by three churches – St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland at Powerscourt, St Mary’s Catholic Church in the village and Kilbride Church of Ireland at Kilcroney.