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    DescriptionFollowing the success of Abandoned Mansions of Ireland, Tarquin Blake documents more forgotten stately homes. These include Elsinore in County Sligo, where William and Jack Butler Yeats spent many childhood summers, and Gortnamona House in County Offaly, built by the 'heir to the principality of Ofelia' in 1803. Auburn House in County Westmeath was named after the 'deserted village' immortalised by the poet Oliver Goldsmith, whose father was a tenant on the estate. The heyday of the Irish country house began in the early 1700s, when most farmland in Ireland was owned by Anglo-Irish Protestant landowners. The land, worked by tenant farmers, fi nanced the increasing opulence of landowners' mansion houses. The Great Famine triggered a change of fortune: starving, penniless tenants could not pay rent and the landowners' fi nances went into decline. Later, the Land Acts transferred land into the ownership of the tenant farmers and, with their rental income removed, many landlords locked up and left. Others frittered away the family fortune trying to maintain a luxurious lifestyle. During the War of Independence and Irish Civil War, country houses became a target for the Irish Republican Army and many were burned. For the remainder of the twentieth century, the increasing expense of maintenance made these houses unviable and hundreds fell into hopeless dereliction. Beautiful, haunting images of these crumbling ruins accompany the histories of the houses and their occupants to tell again a fascinating story of troubled times and private hardships.

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    Abandoned Mansions of Ireland II
    More Portraits of Forgotten Stately Homes
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tarquin Blake
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 348
    Width: 219 mm
    Height: 277 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 1,524 g
    ISBN 13: 9781848891555
    ISBN 10: 1848891555

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBR
    BIC E4L: ARC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.5
    BIC subject category V2: AJC, WQH
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    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: AMKH
    BISAC V2.8: ARC003000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 15
    B&T General Subject: 625
    BISAC V2.8: PHO001000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBR
    DC22: 728.809415
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    DC23: 728.809415
    LC classification: NA7337 .B54 2012
    Illustrations note
    colour and b&w photos
    The Collins Press
    Imprint name
    The Collins Press
    Publication date
    15 January 2013
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    Author Information
    Tarquin Blake, photographer and historian, is author of www.abandonedireland.com and the best-selling Abandoned Mansions of Ireland. He has extensively explored the architectural relics of Ireland and his passion is unravelling and documenting the mysteries of lost heritage. He lives in County Cork.