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  • Northside East

Castle revealed in new book 

Wednesday, 28th November, 2018 7:59am
Castle revealed in new book 

Pictured at the launch were (from l-r): Eamon O’Daly, Aidan Herron, Deputy Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Grainne Maguire and Pat Kenny. The book is on sale at the castle and in local bookshops. PHOTO: SHANE O’NEILL/SON PHOTOGRAPHIC

Castle revealed in new book 

Pictured at the launch were (from l-r): Eamon O’Daly, Aidan Herron, Deputy Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Grainne Maguire and Pat Kenny. The book is on sale at the castle and in local bookshops. PHOTO: SHANE O’NEILL/SON PHOTOGRAPHIC

BROADCASTER Pat Kenny visited Balbriggan recently to launch a new book about one of the Northside’s best-known landmarks. 

‘Ardgillan Castle Revealed’, written by castle tour guide Aidan Herron, was financially supported by Fingal County Council.

Deputy Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Gráinne Maguire, local councillors and Senior Executive Officer of the council’s Economic and Social Development, Mary Godwin, were among those who attended the launch. 

Terence Taylour’s family lived in Ardgillan Castle from the time it was built in 1738. He and his wife Lindy attended the launch as special guests along with many of Ardgillan’s voluntary tour guides.

Mr Herron’s book explores the history of Ardgillan Castle. It originated as a series of articles called ‘Hidden Gems of Ardgillan Castle’ which featured in ‘The Skerries News’.

Cllr Maguire said Ardgillan Castle is one of the county’s most popular destinations among Fingal residents and visitors. 

“Aidan’s book offers invaluable insight to the history of the castle as well as unique details of treasures and collections that reside in the house (that) are currently not on view to the public,” she said.

“This book is a creative and engaging reflection of the castle, its history and importance in Fingal.”

 Ms Godwin said the council was delighted to support Aidan Herron’s excellent work. 

“The castle and surrounding grounds are important to Fingal’s tourism and recreation and it is fantastic that Aidan has used his research and experience to illustrate this through writing ‘Ardgillan Castle Revealed,” she said. 

 Pat Kenny welcomed the book as an important initiative in respecting our history and traditions and described it as “a masterpiece. of photography and storytelling”. 

The entire proceeds of this publication will be donated to the board of Ardgillan to develop heritage projects.

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