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2019 Venue - Glin Castle

Glin Castle, home for 800 years of the FitzGerald family, hereditary Knights of Glin, stands proudly in the middle of its 400 acre wooded demesne on the banks of the Shannon. The toy-fortress like quality is echoed by three sets of battlemented Gothic folly lodges.

The extensive gardens with 15 acres of pleasure grounds surrounded by formal lawns, a picturesque stream, meadow, winding gravel walks and ancient oak trees have been lovingly tended by generations of the Fitzgerald family. Catherine Fitzgerald, the daughter of the Late Knight of Glin, continues this tradition and brings her Garden Designer and plants-woman’s eye to the task.

The walled kitchen garden is full of charm, with romantic borders, rose arches and a vegetable and herb plot. Adjoining it is the original stone and cobbled stable yard. The castle also has its own tennis court, and croquet lawn.