Spring Rice Monument, People's Park, Limerick, Éire

Spring Rice Monument, People

The name of Thomas Spring Rice may not attract much attention these days but this former Whig Member of Parliament in the British House of Commons for Limerick became a British Chancellor of the Exchequer for a time. He was a member of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy and the family seat was at Mount Trenchard near the town of Foynes, a port located west of the city. An association with Kerry through lands inherited through his mother allowed for his subsequent entry into the British House of Lords as the first Lord Monteagle of Brandon. The erection of this monument arose from a certain affection held for him by the people of Limerick though accusations of assisting emigration still affects how he was remembered.

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