The Post-Famine Landscape, Estate Management and Agricultural Improvement in East Galway, 1851–1914



This chapter pays particular attention to aspects of the socio-economic conditions of the lower classes after the Famine and also focuses upon the estate management policies of landlords in east Galway. The varying estate management policies amongst east Galway landlords warrant assessment here. Lords Clonbrock and Clancarty were hostile to subdivision prior to the Famine and generally preferred estates of small farmers, while others such as Ashtown, Clanricarde, Dunsandle and Allan Pollok were amenable to the highly profitable and labour-light grazing. The fact that small farmers were cheek-by-jowl with graziers set the scene for significant animus as the capitalistic nature of grazing challenged traditional notions of subsistence, and this is an example of the challenges presented to the lower classes, who were grappling with the challenges presented by modernisation.


Estate Management Policies Ballinasloe Irish Farmers Strokestown Western Star 
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