The Irish Country House

Its past, present and future


Terence Dooley & Christopher Ridgway, editors

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ISBN: 978-1-84682-589-7
HBK 2011 | PBK 2015. 268pp; colour illustrations

‘In their variety, these essays indicate how very new is serious analysis of the Irish country house and how many avenues remain to be explored’, Irish Times. 

This collection of essays emanates from the annual Historic Houses of Ireland Conference held at Maynooth University, which provides the focus and recognition for new scholarship and other developments in the field of historic house studies.

Contributors: R.V. Comerford (Maynooth U), Patrick Cosgrove (U Maynooth), Terence Dooley (U Maynooth), Judith Hill (ind.); Jennifer McCrea (ind.), Karol Mullaney-Dignam (U Maynooth), Danielle O'Donovan (ind.), Finola O'Kane (UCD), Olwen Purdue (QUB), Ciarán J. Reilly (U Maynooth), Christopher Ridgway (Castle Howard, York), Patrick Walsh (TCD), Allen Warren (U York).

Terence Dooley is associate professor and director of the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates, National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He is the author of several books on country houses and the land question in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Ireland, including The decline and fall of the dukes of Leinster, 1872–1948: love, war, debt and madness (2014). Christopher Ridgway is curator of Castle Howard in Yorkshire and has written and lectured widely on its architecture, gardens and collections. He is the author of The Morpeth Roll: Ireland identified in 1841 (2013).