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    DescriptionFrom the mid-eighteenth century Irish country houses flourished. Landowners generated easy income leasing land to tenants. As their wealth increased, so did the size of their country mansions. But factors such as the Great Famine, land reforms, the increasing expense of maintenance and the IRA targeting the houses during the War of Independence took their toll. Gradually, abandoned and forgotten, the houses sank into decay. In 2008 Tarquin Blake found his first abandoned 'Big House' and so began exploring the lost architecture of Ireland. Here, he documents what is left of fifty mansion houses with brief histories and beautiful photographs of the haunting ruins. Included are Mountpelier Lodge (Dublin Hellfire Club), the birthplaces of Daniel O'Connell and the Duke of Wellington, and the one-time homes of Grace O'Malley and of brewing family the Smithwicks of Kilkenny. The inclusion of details from the 1911 Census offers a glimpse of the closing days of the aristocracy and their mansions.


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    Title
    Abandoned Mansions of Ireland
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tarquin Blake
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 338
    Width: 219 mm
    Height: 277 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 1,565 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781848890619
    ISBN 10: 1848890613
    Classifications

    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
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC subject category V2: WQH
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15870
    BIC subject category V2: AMKH
    BISAC V2.8: ARC003000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET090
    Ingram Theme: CULT/IRELND
    B&T General Subject: 431
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 15
    BISAC V2.8: HIS018000
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 03
    Ingram Subject Code: AR
    LC classification: TR
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBR
    DC22: 728.809415
    LC subject heading: , , , , ,
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    col. Illustrations
    Publisher
    The Collins Press
    Imprint name
    The Collins Press
    Publication date
    11 March 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Cork
    Author Information
    Tarquin Blake, architectural explorer, photographer and historian, is the author of the website www.AbandonedIreland.com. 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.
    Review quote
    'Elegiac and beautiful book' The Irish Times 'Visually exciting' Books Ireland 'Handsome volume' Marcus Binney, The Times 'For anyone with an interest in ruins of the past and present, Abandoned Mansions of Ireland should prove to be an endlessly fascinating coffee table worK' The Midwest Book Review 'Hauntingly beautiful pictures - are accompanied by fascinating historical information' Irish American News
    Table of contents
    Preface Acknowledgements Introduction County Carlow Clogrenan House Holloden House County Cavan Cloverhill House Lisnagowan House County Clare Clooney House Doonass House County Cork Buttevant Castle Buttevant Mill Carrigmore House Fort Robert Kincraigie County Dublin Mountpelier Lodge Westown House County Galway Bunowen Castle Castle Daly Castlegrove House Castlemoyle Monksfield House County Kerry Ballycarbery Castle Carhen House Castlequin County Kildare Carbury Castle Donore House County Kilkenny Hebron House Newtown Castle Newtown House County Laois Bellegrove House Lea Castle County Leitrim Drumhierny Lodge Lakefield House County Limerick Dromore Castle The Grange County Louth Kilsaran House Louth Hall County Mayo Hollymount House Towerhill House County Meath Black Castle Dangan Castle County Offaly Eglish Castle Geashill Castle County Roscommon Rockingham Demesne Rockingham Gatehouse Castle Island Cloontykilla Castle County Sligo Seafield House County Tipperary Loughmoe Court Rochestown House County Westmeath Ballynagall House Belvedere House Tudenham House County Wexford Castleboro House Bibliography Glossary Index