'Wire' star's family plan to develop Irish castle as boutique hotel
Published 22/07/2016 | 02:30
Former star of 'The Wire' Dominic West and his family have "done a U-turn" on selling the historic Glin Castle in Co Limerick.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.