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In the 1820s “The Knight of the Women” added battlements and false arrow loops, but the third floor remained unfinished — a maze of exposed rafters and bat colonies.Yet the family was tenacious in hanging on to what remained of its patrimony.The original medieval castle of Glin was a ruin and the Knights had moved into a new “castle” — in reality a long thatched house overlooking the River Shannon.

By the time the 24th Knight, Colonel John Bateman Fitz Gerald, inherited the castle in 1781, the debts could no longer be avoided.The Knight of Glin, also called the Black Knight, is one of three ancient Irish hereditary titles dating from the 13th and 14th centuries and recognised by Irish Republican governments.(Fitz Gerald’s kinsman, Adrian Fitz Gerald, the 24th Knight of Kerry, is known as the Green Knight; Maurice Fitz Gibbon, who died in 1611, was the 12th and last White Knight.) The Black Knights descend from a younger or illegitimate son of John Fitz Gerald, 1st Baron Desmond, grandson of Maurice Fitz Gerald, a companion-in-arms of Strongbow, the 12th century Norman conqueror of Ireland.His parents’ marriage was tempestuous, but the children did not see them much.Desmond, along with his sisters, Rachel and Fiola, lived in four dilapidated rooms on the unfinished third floor of castle, while their parents occupied the main floor. During the Second World War (in which the Republic of Ireland was neutral), his father tried to join the Irish Guards but failed the medical.

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