The positive results of the Purchase Acts in the Abbeyfeale district of Co. Limerick have become all the more relevant in light of the varying opinions on the upcoming Land Purchase legislation. In a district where these acts have been widely exercised, the transformation of the tenants’ condition, now-turned-peasant proprietors, highlights the benefits of such legislation.
Notably, tenants on the first estates purchased in this district, which were formerly owned by the likes of Lord Dunraven, Lord Guillamore, W. T. Trench, and J. Harnett, have not shown any inclination to sublet or sub-divide their holdings. This marks a significant shift from previous practices and is now strongly discouraged.
As the country anticipates the new Land Purchase legislation, the thriving peasant proprietors in the Co. Limerick district serve as a testament to the potential positive impact this law could have on transforming the livelihood of tenants across the nation. Through successful implementation, this legislation could empower more individuals to improve their living conditions and promote economic growth within their communities.
Kerry News – Wednesday 11 March 1903