Hi! I am sorry but I do not know your family but you asked why the British would go to Ireland. I do not know if you know the Irish history but until 1922 when the Irish gained independance from England alot of the land was owned by English families, the Irish only rented land it from the Squire. Many of the English families had estates also in England, so if they needed an overseer or good household staff they generally employed staff from these. Unfortunately the upper class Victorian English were very snobbish and felt that the Irish to low uneducated and could not speak English [they spoke Galic], and so they were only employed in the menial jobs. It was this mentallity that ruled all Ireland. So many British just qualified school teachers, doctors, engineers and so on with a profession was employed in these posts, they had status, more than in England and so it was generally accepted as a good move for Brits during this period. I hope this helps you understand a little of what life was like in Ireland and why the English was not always liked in Ireland.