Glin Castle in Co Limerick, the celebrated home of the late Knight of Glin, has been removed from the market. By
Molly Keane, the caustic chronicler of the lost Anglo-Irish world, and a frequent guest at Glin, noted the differences between English and Irish country houses.
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In May next year it will host the Rare and Special Plant Fair organised by Bord Bia (the Irish Food Board) and there are also plans to run gardening weekend retreats. In 1923, a mob of Sinn Fein men was given short shrift by the 27th Knight. Actor Dominic West and Catherine Fitzgerald pictured with their daughter Dora after their wedding at Glin Church.
Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull and Talitha Getty are among the previous guests. In 1975, he and his wife, Olda, moved back to Glin from London and spent decades scouring auction houses for the pictures, drawings and china that had been sold in leaner times. Originally built by an order called the Knights of Glin, the castle was handed down for generations and served as the ancestral home to the FitzGerald clan. Photograph: Don Moloney/Press 22, Glin Castle in Co Limerick, the celebrated home of the late Knight of Glin, has been removed from the market.
The historic castle was placed for sale by Sherry FitzGerald in 2015 with a a price tag of €6.5million.
This provided temporary respite from the family’s declining fortunes.
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In the age of Bungalow Bliss – the 1970 book by Irish architect Jack Fitzsimons, which became synonymous with the suburbanisation of the Irish countryside – Desmond’s work was vital. An auction, held at Christie’s, of furniture and art from Desmond’s collection raised a large sum, but the house was no longer financially viable. TRIAL OFFER Source: Sherry FitzGerald/Christie's International Real Estate. Those 19th century Jacobean dining chairs are for sale, too, in a set of 16. ‘The house has its own spirit, which won’t let us out of its grasp,’ says Catherine. The pair fell in love at Trinity College, Dublin. Rachel Duff, the castle’s chef, making soda bread. For two years, Glin’s fate hung in the balance, until the decision was made to take the house off the market.
Not only has she done an exceptional job on the grounds at Glin, but she and her actor husband, Dominic West, spend a lot of time at Glin with their five children.
The longstanding relationship between the village and the castle is central to this story.
Glin Castle: glin-castle.com Revisit our video tour of the castle's garden made in collaboration with Nowness.
It’s about 700 years old. Decorative plasterwork comes with the sale. They include a set of sixteen 19th century Jacobean dining chairs; a turn-of-the-19th-century mahogany clock; and portraits of Knights of Glin through the ages.
Glin Castle is located in County Limerick, Ireland, just over the Shannon Estuary from County Clare. “As this wish was not realised the Fitzgerald family have decided to retain the property and may look to embark on such a commercial opportunity themselves in the future.”.
The FitzGeralds threw magnificent dances both at the house and on their yacht moored on the Shannon, where the family bard narrated lengthy tales in praise of his patrons. Welcome to House & Garden.
Catherine picking wild garlic in the garden with Cliodhna Prendergast and Imen McDonnell of Lens & Larder.
Catherine FitzGerald and her husband Dominic West have rescued her family home, Glin Castle in Ireland, from being sold, and made it into a viable commercial concern.
It’s an hour’s drive from Limerick city center and about 2.5 hours from Dublin.
Glin Castle can be operated as a B&B again, now that the economy has picked up, or as a full-time or country residence. His daughter, Catherine, the current chatelaine of Glin Castle, describes him as ‘an enthusiast, an encourager and an aesthete’. Glin Castle, in west County Limerick, sits on 380 acres, 23 of which are “pleasure grounds”—the woodland walks and gardens, both landscaped and informal, that surround the building. Look close for decorative shamrocks; Glin's one of the first recorded places they were used.
But the last Knight of Glin, Desmond FitzGerald, died in 2011.
In the 1780s, John Bateman Fitzgerald, the 23rd Knight of Glin, married Margaretta Maria Fraunceis Gwyn, a wealthy heiress whose father owned Forde Abbey in Somerset.