Park House near Killeagh was part of the Ponsonby family. The Ponsonby estate was the scene of one of the most bitter struggles during the Irish Land War of the 1880s and 1890s. The tenants on the estate demanded a reduction in rent from their landlord. Ponsonby, heavily in debt, refused and the tenants stopped paying rent. Arthur Balfour, the Secretary of State for Ireland, secretly formed a syndicate to buy the estates from Ponsonby. Balfour was determind to maintain landlordism in Ireland. When the secret buying of estate became known it caused great outrage. The syndicate obtained eviction orders and on 18 June 1889 police and military arrived with a battering ram and several tenants were evicted from their homes.
The architects were members of the Hill family who designed some of Cork's best known buildings including the Woodford Bourne building and the Queen's Old Castle.
Corresponding article from the Irish Builder