In the early 1920s, it has been estimated that almost three hundred country houses were burnt during the War of Independence and Civil War. While the architectural significance of these buildings and the importance of their contents varied, all were family homes, often cherished for hundreds of years. In this talk, Robert O’Byrne tells some of the stories behind these burnings and the aftermath. His book of the same name was recently published (Lilliput Press, 2022).
The Irish Georgian Society is a charity established to conserve, protect, and foster a keen interest and a respect for Ireland’s architectural heritage and decorative arts. These aims are achieved through its scholarly and conservation education programmes, through its support of conservation projects and planning issues, and vitally, through its members and their activities.