Both his grandma Alicia Sheridan Le Fanu and his extraordinary uncle Richard Brinsley Sheridan were writers (his niece Rhoda Broughton would become a well known author also). Inside a year of his introduction to the world his family moved to the Royal Hibernian Military School in the Phoenix Park, where his father, a Church of Ireland pastor, was given the chaplaincy of the foundation. The Phoenix Park and the contiguous town and ward church of Chapelizod would show up in Le Fanu's later stories.
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