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Irish Historic
                                          Houses Association

                                           Ireland’s remaining historic houses are evidence
                                           of our cultural and historical relationship with
                                           the rest of Europe. With their estates, gardens,
                                           demesnes, and parks they have long had (and
                                           continue to occupy) a central position in the
                                           economic and social life of the communities
                                           in which they were built.

                                           !e preservation of this part of Ireland’s cultural
                                           heritage is of national importance. !is has been
                                           recognised by successive governments which have
                                           enacted legislation to help safeguard our historic
                                           houses for current and future generations and
                                           in the public interest.

                                                  Heritage properties remaining in private hands
                                                       have unique value, especially those owned
                                                            by the same family over generations.
                                                                   With artefacts and archives, many
                                                                       encapsulate local history and
                                                                      preserve valuable long standing
                                                                  relationships with local communities
                                                                 and if houses are sold and contents
                                                               dispersed, as alas has frequently been
                                                the case, their cultural, historical, and social value
                                             is irreversibly reduced.

                                       !e HHI aims to promote and foster the immediate
                                       and long-term future of Irish privately owned historic
                                       properties. For further information on our members
                                       and activities please see
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