Don’t let Glin Castle be lost through ignorance

The sale of Glin Castle in Co Limerick is an opportunity for the State to show that it is not still suffering from the illness of knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan seem to be cut from the same uncultured cloth as Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen, whose ignorance caused Carton House to be lost to the State and left the taxpayer lumbered with massive budget overspends in the purchase and tarting up of Farmleigh House.

There is a very real risk that Glin, like Carton and other historical houses, will be lost to the State due to ignorance and incompetence of the various State organisations failing to engage with each other and with the FitzGerald family.

Glin Castle is one of the few remaining great Irish houses with the original family still in residence and with its contents and estate still in intact and in context. The FitzGerald’s are one of the few families whose line goes back through all stages of Irish history and whose contribution to Ireland is recognised by all traditions.

Is it too much to hope that the Minister for Finance, local TDs, councils, and various State tourism and educational agencies could come up with a plan to save this gem of Irish history?

Fate may have determined that the FitzGerald’s days as caretakers of Glin are to end but there is still the chance for the guardianship to pass to the people of Limerick and Ireland. The spirit of previous Earls of Desmond and Knights of Glin would surely rest easy.

Desmond FitzGerald

Canary Wharf

London

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