Formerly the Residence of the Herbert Family the Earls of Pembroke, Cahernane House Hotel Killarney Ireland dates back to the 17th Century.
Two Brothers, members of the Pembroke family, whose ancestors had fought on the Yorkist side during the war of the roses, came to Killarney in 1656.
One Brother was given the great Muckross Estate and the other the smaller property of Currens and Cahernane. The Herbert family maintained these Estates for five generations.
By 1872 the rent roll was declining as a result of pressure by the land league under the presidency of Charles Stewart Parnell.
This organisation took up the cause of the Irish peasants who had long been oppressed by their British landlords.
Henry Herbert like most other Irish Landlords was determined to maintain appearances and to do so kept carriages, horses, boats, boatmen, gardeners, gamekeepers and a great many servants.