Friday 22 November 2019

VIDEO: Actor Dominic West and wife Catherine place historic Glin Castle on the market for €6.5m

Patricia Murphy

Actor Dominic West and his wife Catherine Fitzgerald have placed her family’s ancestral estate Glin Castle on the market for €6.5m.

The estate has been held by West’s in-laws for more than 700 years and the decision to sell follows years of campaigning for outside investment in the property’s future.

The Wire actor and his wife Catherine, who is the daughter of the last Knight of Glin, have frequently spoken about the struggle to maintain the castle since the Knight’s death in 2011.

Although more than €2m was raised for the castle’s future after an auction in 2009, the family have finally made the decision to sell the castle which sits on 380-acres of ground.

The 20,550sq ft castle is spread out over three levels and boasts a magnificent great hall, elaborate drawing and dining rooms, a smoking room and a library. The main wing of the castle hosts nine bedroom suites while an adjoining wing sleeps a further five.

The castle is abundant with artifacts, paintings and furniture which have been gathered throughout the property’s 700 year history. An impressive double flying staircase in the castle is the only of its kind in the country.

Catherine Fitzgerald, who is a landscape architect, has contributed to the estate’s spectacular gardens.

Earlier this year, Catherine revealed that she and her family had yet to make a decision regarding the castle’s future.

"This castle is really important to us and we love it. We can't at the moment make any decisions on the future of the castle because we do not know what's happening,” she said.

Dominic West, who played McNulty in HBO’s The Wire, this year called out for investment in the castle from The University of Limerick.

"Why doesn't University of Limerick get involved with Glin Castle?

"It is a living piece of Irish history so maybe the University should get involved and make this place a link between art and architecture in Ireland as it's absolutely steeped in culture and heritage," Mr West said.

The property has been refurbished in recent times and offers great potential for a boutique hotel as it continues to retain its bar license.

The property is on sale through Sherry Fitzgerald.

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