Late Knight of Glin to be remembered

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

The late Knight of Glin, Desmond Fitzgerald
TWO years after his death, the life and legacy of the late and last Knight of Glin, Desmond Fitzgerald will be recalled and honoured at a special memorial lecture organised by the Limerick chapter of the Irish Georgian Society.

TWO years after his death, the life and legacy of the late and last Knight of Glin, Desmond Fitzgerald will be recalled and honoured at a special memorial lecture organised by the Limerick chapter of the Irish Georgian Society.

And the man delivering the lecture will be Nicholas Robinson, one of the Knight’s close friends, who will speak on the subject of ‘Poking fun at the great and the good in the golden age of caricature.” His talk will be based on the vast collection of 18th century cartoons he has been collecting for many years and which has now been donated to the library in Trinity College.

The lecture will be held in the Tara Building at Mary Immaculate College at 8pm on Tuesday, September 17.

“The Knight would be overjoyed at the prospect of Nick Robinson coming to Limerick to speak about cartoons”.Dr David Fleming, the chairman of the Limerick Chapter and now chairman of the Irish Georgian Foundation, said:

The late Knight was president of the Irish Georgian Society and patron of the Limerick Chapter. And he played a pivotal role in shaping the way Ireland thought about its architectural heritage and the decorative arts.

His contribution continues to be valued and the various essays and books he wrote preserve that contribution for future generations. His legacy also lives on through the activities of the Irish Georgian Society, and particularly in the Limerick chapter, one of the society’s most active.

Mr Fitzgerald was a keen admirer of Limerick’s Georgian heritage and cared passionately about the county’s heritage buildings. His life’s work included restoring and refurnishing his home, Glin Castle.

“The most important thing that individuals can do to remember the Knight is to protectand cherish the important buildings and landscapes that survive today,” Dr Fleming said.

The lecture is open to all and a small fee will be charged at the door.