Wednesday 28 September 2016

'Wire' star's family plan to develop Irish castle as boutique hotel

Stephen Milton and Grainne Loughran

Published 22/07/2016 | 02:30

Dominic West with his wife Catherine Fitzgerald, right, and his mother-in-law Olda Willes Fitzgerald. Photo: Jessica Leen
Dominic West with his wife Catherine Fitzgerald, right, and his mother-in-law Olda Willes Fitzgerald. Photo: Jessica Leen
Glin Castle in Limerick overlooks the Shannon Estuary.
Glin Castle
Glin Castle
Glin Castle
Glin Castle exterior
Glin Castle and estate
Glin castle

Former star of 'The Wire' Dominic West and his family have "done a U-turn" on selling the historic Glin Castle in Co Limerick.

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The actor's wife Catherine Fitzgerald was planning to sell her family's ancestral home but it will instead be opened as a boutique hotel.

The stunning property, which had been for sale for €6.5m, has been home to the Fitzgerald clan for 700 years.

"Selling up was absolutely heartbreaking for all of us, especially my mother-in-law and my wife, and luckily we're reopening it as a hotel, all going well, some time next year," Mr West told the Irish Independent.

Glin Castle in Limerick overlooks the Shannon Estuary.
Glin Castle in Limerick overlooks the Shannon Estuary.

He said that the family are going to be "heavily involved" in the running of the hotel.

"I'm going to manage it. I want to be in charge, or as much as my schedule will allow. Obviously, there will be someone in place far more experienced and qualified than I coping with the day-to-day," he said.

Glin Castle
Glin Castle

"But we want to be there. We're going to be heavily involved. That's why we're moving home to Ireland."

Formerly the castle had been available to rent and has attracted high-profile guests such as Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithful.

Glin castle
Glin castle

The beautiful property boasts 20,000sq ft of accommodation overlooking the Shannon. The 380-acre site also holds a commercial dairy farm, as well as woodland and parkland areas.

The family had previously cited issues with maintaining the property as their reason for selling.

Glin Castle and estate
Glin Castle and estate

The decision brings to an end several months of debate on the future of the grounds as appeals were made to the State and its institutions to consider taking over the property.

Irish Independent

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