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Why this mansion on 208ac is being sold after 170 years in the same family

Scientist/farmer Simon White says none of his four daughters wants to take over his Limerick estate with a seven-bedroom Victorian house, its own chapel and a colourful history that takes in the Siege of Limerick, Catholic Emancipation and the Boer War. It’s on the market for €1.6m

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Victorian splendour: The seven-bedroom house on the 208ac Nantenan Estate near Askeaton in west Limerick was built in 1853

Victorian splendour: The seven-bedroom house on the 208ac Nantenan Estate near Askeaton in west Limerick was built in 1853

The ornate reception hall

The ornate reception hall

The dining room with decorative plasterwork

The dining room with decorative plasterwork

Facilities: The yard includes a wide range of dated sheds and a derelict two-storey cottage

Facilities: The yard includes a wide range of dated sheds and a derelict two-storey cottage

The entrance to Nantenan Estate

The entrance to Nantenan Estate

Simon White

Simon White

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Victorian splendour: The seven-bedroom house on the 208ac Nantenan Estate near Askeaton in west Limerick was built in 1853

How did a Gonzaga boy end up running a 208ac estate in west Limerick and why is he selling it? The story of the White family and Nantenan Estate at Cappa near Askeaton is a tale of dispossession, acquisition, inheritance and planned succession.

Simon White was born and reared in Dublin, but his uncle, Colonel Martin White, who farmed the family estate, had no heir.


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