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'My home was my castle' - 842 year era is over as Howth Castle and Demesne is sold

Former fund manager and heir to Howth Castle has just sold the huge Demesne, a difficult but logical decision

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Julian Gaisford-St Lawrence believes Howth Castle is in safe hands following its sale
Photo: Frank McGrath

Julian Gaisford-St Lawrence believes Howth Castle is in safe hands following its sale Photo: Frank McGrath

Julian Gaisford-St Lawrence believes Howth Castle is in safe hands following its sale Photo: Frank McGrath

Julian Gaisford-St Lawrence is recounting the central role of Thomas St Lawrence, the third Earl of Howth's part in the foundation of Irish horseracing in the mid-1800s, when a voice can be heard calling loudly from somewhere beyond in the musty halls of the otherwise silent Howth Castle.

He looks up with mild concern from an old painting of his esteemed forebear towards where the sound of his own name is ringing out, growing louder and louder. Thankfully it is not the sound of the dead generations of Gaisfords and St Lawrences, whose portraits crowd the walls, admonishing their descendent from the grave.

Instead, his wife Anne dashes into the room, out of breath, relieved to have found him.


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