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Desmond Fitz Gerald inherited the castle and title aged 12, on the death of his father from tuberculosis in 1949.By this time, all that remained of the estate was 500 acres of park and grazing land.For generations the Knights of Glin kept debt collectors at bay by setting a mob on to them, although the 21st Knight, Richard, spent time in a Dublin prison for unpaid monies.

Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Couch Kimchi ( with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.His father, the 28th Knight of Glin, was a keen fisherman and driver of vintage sports cars, for which he was known locally as “the Nippy Knight”.His English mother, Veronica Villiers, was a considerable beauty and a cousin of Winston Churchill.They spent decades combing auction rooms in an attempt to buy back the pictures, drawings and china that had been sold in leaner times, steadily restoring the fabric of the building and “filling in the incomplete pretensions of the 18th and 19th century” as Desmond put it, including completing the top floor.A plaque in the garden bears the legend 1785-2002 — a construction span of 217 years.

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