Taking tea at Glin Castle will help fund walking trails

Alan Owens


Alan Owens

TICKETS are selling fast for a guided tour of Glin Castle and gardens with afternoon tea which takes place on Sunday, August 5.

TICKETS are selling fast for a guided tour of Glin Castle and gardens with afternoon tea which takes place on Sunday, August 5.

The event is being organised by Glin Development Association with the support of Madame Olda Fitzgerald as a fundraiser for the Glin Heritage Trails which are now open to the public.

The Heritage Trails are a trio of walking routes in and around the village which has been developed by the association in a bid to promote Glin’s attractions and encourage more visitors to come to and stay in the area. And they give an insight into Glin’s history and natural amenities.

The trails include The Knight’s Walk, a four-kilometre walk which meanders through woodland on the Glin Castle Demesne to reach a high-point of 150 metres, giving the walker a panoramic view of the estuary and surrounding counties. The Knight’s Walk was a project close to the heart of the late Knight, Desmond Fitzgerald, who signed off the legal papers for the project just days before his death last year.

Hours of voluntary work have gone into developing the Heritage Trails, which begin at the local church, and all of which are sign-posted with information boards and seats along the way.

“The response from local people and businesses has been remarkable considering the times we are in,”John Anthony Culhane, chairman of Gliin Development Association said. Sponsored items include seats and information boards and all sponsors will be named on plaques along the trails.

The association has happily received some funding from West Limerick Resources but the hope now is that the Afternoon Tea and Tour event will clear the debt.

To facilitate visitors, the afternoon of August 5 has been divided into three sessions: from mid-day to 2.00pm; 2.00pm to 4.00pm and 4.00-6.00pm. But places are limited to 60 people per session and already the tour starting at 4.00pm has been booked out.

Tickets cost €20 and this includes a guided tour of the Castle as well as a guided tour of the gardens with head-gardener Tom Wall. It also includes tea and scones served in the Castle and to help create a relaxed atmosphere, a trio from the Kerry School of Music will play classical music during the afternoon.

Hats and fascinators will be at a premium on the day as Bride’s Boutique is sponsoring the best headpiece with a prize on offer to a winner in each session. Keane’s Jewellers will be modelling some of their pieces and there will be a valuable prize drawn on entrance tickets.

To book your place, just contact Siobhan Moloney at 068-34027 but be warned: this is an adults only event.