Glin Castle

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Name Glin Castle County Limerick Nearest Town Foynes Access Road N21 About Glin Castle stands proudly in the middle of its 500 acre wooded demesne on the banks of the River Shannon.

The toy-fortress like quality is echoed by its three sets of battlemented Gothic folly lodges, one of which is a tea and craft shop.

The present Glin Castle, which succeeds the medieval ruin in the village of Glin, was built in the late 18th century with entertaining in mind.

Glin Castle, home of the Knight of Glin and his wife Madam FitzGerald, stands on the banks of the River Shannon in County Limerick amidst a wooded retreat away from the hustle and bustle of life.

Visitors are welcomed to stay between March and November and at other times by special arrangement.

Glin Castle is open for exclusive rental only for 2009.

The castle welcomes groups of six rooms or more.

A rental includes the full and private use of all the castles reception rooms and bedrooms with a full compliment of staff.

Glin Castle is perfect for small weddings, conferences, anniversaries and family reunions.

The romantically-titled Knights of Glin, a branch of the great Norman family, the FitzGeralds or Geraldines, Earls of Desmond, were granted extensive lands in County Limerick in the early 14th century by their Desmond overlords.

The Desmond family were all descended from the Norman Maurice FitzGerald, a companion-in-arms to Strongbow.

Maurice was the son of Gerald of Windsor and his wife the Welsh Princess Nesta, Gerald having settled in Wales.

She was famous for her many children including, among others, a son by King Henry I of England.

As a result she became known as ‘the brood mare of the Normans’.

The FitzGeralds came to Ireland from Wales in the 1170s as mercenaries, at the request of King Dermot MacMurrough, to help him with his wars to subdue his subjects.

Three of the cadet branches of the Desmond lordship were known as the White Knight, the Knight of Glin and the Knight of Kerry.

These strange titles are anomalies and are more akin to Gaelic Chieftainships, demonstrating the the Gaelicisation of this Norman sept.

The last White Knight, Maurice Og Fitzgibbon, died in 1611 and the title is now, sadly, extinct or dormant, although there have been several claimants to it.

The Earls of Kingston descend in the female line from Maurice Og – his niece married Sir John King, 1st Lord Kingston.

A full-length portrait of the 1st Lord Kingston in armour hangs on the left hand wall of the hall.

Just beyond it hangs a portrait of Lord FitzGerald and Vesey, another claimant to the title.

The Knight of Kerry now lives in England.