- 27 Aug 04
An aristocrat turned rock’n’roll promoter, Lord Henry Mountcharles has been one of the most intriguing figures in Irish public life over the past twenty years. On the eve of Madonna’s hugely anticipated gig at Slane Castle, Mountcharles talks to Hot Press about his priviledged upbringing, studying at Harvard, running for electoral office, experimenting with drugs, meeting U2, Guns n’ Roses and David Bowie, and his encounters with UFO's. Photography Cathal Dawson
Ireland’s most infamous aristocrat, the right honourable Henry Conyngham, Earl of Mountcharles – or Lord Henry Mountcharles, as he’s more commonly known – strides purposefully into the bar of Dublin’s Buswell’s Hotel, looking fairly drawn and stressed-out. It’s not so much to do with the upcoming Madonna gig at Slane Castle (though he wearily confides that, “You simply would not believe the amount of stuff involved in putting on a show of that nature”), more the fact that two elderly friends have passed away in the last few days.
OT: Could you just tell me a little about your background?
LHMC: Sure. I was born in Dublin in 1951, in the Rotunda. And I spent my youth at Slane. I went to prep school in Co Meath, aged seven, at Headford. And I then went to Harrow public school in England. There was about a year gap after school, and then I went to Harvard.