The term ‘Big House’ refers to the large country houses, mansions, or estate houses usually owned by members of the Protestant Ascendancy in Ireland. This class controlled almost all the political and economic power in Ireland for several hundred years. The houses were meant to ‘inspire awe among equals and deference in the lower classes’. Many were burn’t down during the Irish War of Independence.
Once the site of a 7th century monastery, A Cistercian abbey & A convent This was originally the site of the 7th century monastery of St Evin. In the 12th century it became [...]