By the mid 19th century the Vandeleur estate amounted to almost 20,000 acres in, a large portion of it in the Barony of Moyarta. The family’s history is related in another book by Senan Scanlan, ‘The Vandeleurs of Kilrush, County Clare’.
Two beautiful family photograph albums capture the world of the Vandeleurs and their circle about this time.
Lawrence Studio. The Kilrush estate was eventually taken over by the Land Commission in the 1910s.
At the original estate in Ralahine John Vandeleur invited socialist Edward Craig to set up an ill-fated co-operative in 1831 but the experiment failed and the estate was sold in 1834.