Lords and Ladies

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  • Beautiful Limerick Buildings

Linfield House

Until the early twentieth century, a strong class system was very much a feature of Irish social life. Lords and Ladies who belonged to established landed families often lived in very big, well-constructed houses on large estates.

Caherconlish House

Those who lived in the big houses had a very different lifestyle from the rest of the Irish population. They kept servants and had guests to stay frequently. However, when the landed gentry began to decline in Ireland after independence was achieved for the country, many of the great old houses emptied and fell into ruin.

Some big houses were subjected to arson attacks from Republicans, particularly in the 1920s. Therefore, those houses that survive are important for what they can tell us about our heritage and our history.