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Author Terence Dooley, perhaps Ireland’s foremost architectural historian

Author Terence Dooley, perhaps Ireland’s foremost architectural historian

Burning the Big House, by Terence Dooley

Burning the Big House, by Terence Dooley

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Author Terence Dooley, perhaps Ireland’s foremost architectural historian

Burning the Big House Terence Dooley Yale University Press, €35

Monetary innumeracy is a defining feature of armed Irish Republicanism. None of the heroes who set the Irish night skies blazing with the timbers of some 300 great houses from 1919 to 1923 grasped that the cost of their frolics would be borne by local ratepayers. So, the final gift to the departing gentry was a tax-free capital sum courtesy of the Irish people whose public servants were meanwhile taking a 10pc pay cut to make this largesse possible.


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