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‘It is lovely to work together on something Dominic and I both care about’ – Catherine FitzGerald on breathing new life into Glin Castle

Taking over Glin Castle was a big decision, says Catherine FitzGerald, who grew up there as daughter of the 29th Knight of Glin. As lockdown lifts, she and husband Dominic West the actor are preparing to receive the first guests of the season, writes Emily Hourican

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Catherine FitzGerald and Dominic West with their children Cristabel, Francis and Senan in May 2019

Catherine FitzGerald and Dominic West with their children Cristabel, Francis and Senan in May 2019

Catherine FitzGerald by Julian Love

Catherine FitzGerald by Julian Love

Catherine FitzGerald and Dominic West's favourite room, the drawing room in Glin Castle, Co Limerick

Catherine FitzGerald and Dominic West's favourite room, the drawing room in Glin Castle, Co Limerick

Dominic West and Catherine Fitzgerald pictured with son Senan and daughters Dora and Martha after their wedding at Glin Church, Co. Limerick.

Dominic West and Catherine Fitzgerald pictured with son Senan and daughters Dora and Martha after their wedding at Glin Church, Co. Limerick.

Catherine FitzGerald by Julian Love

Catherine FitzGerald by Julian Love

Desmond Fitzgerald, the 29th Knight of Glin, outside Glin Castle in County Limerick, 1963. The title dates back to the 14th century. (Photo by Slim Aarons/Getty Images)

Desmond Fitzgerald, the 29th Knight of Glin, outside Glin Castle in County Limerick, 1963. The title dates back to the 14th century. (Photo by Slim Aarons/Getty Images)

Catherine with her mother, Olda (picture by Harry Cory Wright)

Catherine with her mother, Olda (picture by Harry Cory Wright)

‘Even to reinvent [Glin] for a short time is enough for me,’ says Catherine. Picture by Julian Love

‘Even to reinvent [Glin] for a short time is enough for me,’ says Catherine. Picture by Julian Love

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Catherine FitzGerald and Dominic West with their children Cristabel, Francis and Senan in May 2019

As lockdown rolls back, hotels around the country are airing their bedrooms and polishing the silver in preparation for the long-anticipated re-opening to guests on June 2.

One such place is Glin Castle in Co Limerick. Run as a much-loved hotel for years then closed during the recession, it was taken on seven years ago by Catherine FitzGerald, eldest daughter of Desmond, Knight of Glin, who grew up there. It is now once again a wonderful place to stay; more wonderful than ever indeed with both the house and the gardens revived and refreshed.


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