Landed Estates Conference, 29 June 2019

Apr 21, 2019 by

At the beginning of the 19th century there were over 4,000 ‘Big House Country Estates’ in Ireland; today there are less than 100.IMG_0237

These estates, and attaching mansions, symbolised the economic strength and social standing of different landed families. However, estates were about far more than just the ‘Big House’.

The story of estates is also the story of the tenant and the labourer, the story of society and of strife, and it is a story which reflects the economic history of Ireland.

In essence, the story of the big house is the story of Ireland in the 18th and 19th centuries. Our special guest speakers this year are Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam and Dr Marion McGarry.

Booking in advance essential. Bookings open on 1st June by contacting the centre directly.


Time       Speaker / Topic                    

09:30    Registration and welcome with Workhouse Centre General Manager, Steve Dolan.


09:45     Clare Doyle / Introduction to Conference


10:00     John Joe Conwell / The development of the Big House and Estates


10:50     Tea/Coffee


11:10     Dr Marion McGarry / Architecture and Interiors of the Big House


12:00     Margaret Hickey / The Food of the Big House


12:50     Snack Lunch


13:20     Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam / Musical culture and Big House society


14:10     Kevin McGuire / From the Big House to the Glebe House


15:00     Tea/Coffee


15:10     Dr Christy Cunniffe / Fluttering in the Dovecote:  Pigeon Houses of Co Galway


16:00     Q and A on the University of Limerick / Irish Workhouse Centre Local History Certificate now enrolling, along with a brief presentation from one of this year’s graduates, Michael Ryan. The course is delivered through lectures and field trips one evening a week over 24 weeks, with the current class due to complete their course in May.




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