A Letter from Ireland:

Fancy knocking on the Castles green door?


Glenveagh Castle

If you do – you’d be in good company. Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin have all stayed at Glenveagh Castle in County Donegal in the past (although at different times – I’d say!)

The castle was finished in 1873 by a John Adair – the son of a major landowner in County Laois. As part of the building – he evicted 244 tenants on his land to remove the hindrance they were causing to the view. Not a pleasant or well-remembered man.

The castle and lands were bought by Henry McIlhenny of Philidephia in 1938 (his family emigrated from these parts) – he developed the lands and castle and is well-remembered in the area. He left the entire estate to the Irish state in 1979, shortly before his death in 1982.

Which is why you can add my name to the list of glamourous visitors shown above.