The Moral Economy of the Irish Hotel From the Union to the Famine
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractThis chapter examines the peculiar characteristics of the Irish hotel in the period between the Act of Union and the Great Famine, when tourism was newly established in Ireland. The ‘moral economy’ of the inn or hotel was perceived as an extrapolation of that of the estate, or of Ireland itself. Viewed by many guests as primitive, lacking the neatness, cleanliness, and order they expected in British hotels, the Irish hotel functioned with double responsibilities: to the comfort of their guests, but also to the weal of the local community, providing work, relief, and begging opportunities for the poorest.
CitationFegan, M. (2018). The Moral Economy of the Irish Hotel From the Union to the Famine. In Elbert, M. M. & Schmid, S. (eds.). Anglo-American Travelers and the Hotel Experience in Nineteenth-Century Literature. Routledge.
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