1: Terence Dooley’s Irish Georgian Society/Department of the Environment Historic House Survey (2003), the conclusions of which — the perilous state of many houses — remain valid.
2: Decorated and furnished lavishly, the houses were symbols of power and of rivalry. A glimpse at the sumptuousness is available in the book ‘The Irish Country House’.
3: A prime example of this legacy is Lismore Castle. A short history of Lismore Castle, from 1833, with an engraving.
The official site for the house: