This village, the property of H.A. Herbert, M.P., and one of the largest proprietors in the south of Ireland, is two miles south of Killarney
MUCKROSS, TORC OR MIDDLE LAKE.This lake contains an area of 680 acres. The principal islands Dinish and Brickeen, which separates it from the Lower and larger lake. There are three passages between these two lakes, one round the eastern side of Brickeen, another between Brickeen and Dinish Islands, and a third by the Long Range to the west side of the latter.
Brickeen Island contains about nineteen acres, and is well wooded. It seems a continuation of the peninsula of Muckross, from which a narrow stream separates it.
Dinish Island which is also well wooded, contains about 34 acres. On it is built a neat cottage, where dinner my be in waiting for the tourist.
MUCKROSS ABBEY MANSION is the seat of H. A. Herbert, Esq., M.P. for the county. The mansion was built from a design by Mr Burns of London. It is new, and a fine example of the Elizabethan style. From various points in the demesne good views of the lake and surrounding scenery are obtained, which to particularise would but lessen the pleasure of seeing. By a good road we make the circuit of the domain and the islands Brickeen and Dinish, and join the high road about a mile from Torc Cottage.
by Tim McCarthy(1996) Published by author:
Edward Herbert of Castleisland came to Killarney and married Francis Brown, daughter of Nicholas Brown, 2nd Viscount Kenmare. Their daughter Agnes married Florence McCarthy Mor. They had one son, Charles 1770, unmarried and he bequeathed the Estate to his Uncle-Thomas Herbert.
Edward was the First Earl of Muckross and was succeeded by five generations until the end of the 19th century. Muckross House built 1843 by Henry Arthur Herbert, member parliament 1847-1866 Lord Ardilaun (Guiness family) married a Herbert.
-The Muckross Estate was owned by the Herberts. who in order to keep financially afloat, charged an entranct to the estate. Indeed, it is interesting to note the importance of tourism as a financial lifeline for the local landlord families, so often faced with the relatively futile task of farming mountain, lake and bog. Both the Herberts and the Kenmares had interests in hotels locally and also relied on the money raised in entrance fees to prop up estate finances. Numerous cottages offering refreshments were built throughout the area. The most important of these were Dinis Cottage owned by the Herberts
the Herberts whose estate never totalled more than 46,000 acres, mostly mountains
There is a very picturesque and well-kept cottage on the island, erected for visitors by the late Mr Herbert of Muckross, where refreshments and souvenirs can be had.
about 1/2 mile further is the N. entrance to Muckross. If the main road is continued a little further, on a hill l. is the burial ground of Killeaghy, crowned by a massive and conspicuous Celtic Cross carved on the face and back with the ususal interlacings. It was erected to the memory of Hen. Ar. Herbert (d 1866)
3 m. is the village of Muckross or Cloghereen and on rt. the exquisite grounds of Muckross Abbey(A. R. Vincent,Esq.) A charge of 1s is made for admission. The property long in the possession of the Herbert family, passed by purchase to Lord Ardilaun in 1899, who has resold it.
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