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Glenveagh  

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Glenveagh National Park is the second largest of Ireland’s six national parks, and like so many properties Glenveagh Castle was given to the nation by a generous benefactor. This documentary tells the story of Henry McIlhenny, the last private owner of the estate.

The land was originally consolidated into a single estate in the 19th Century by a wealthy land speculator who built a castle, modelled on Balmoral in Scotland, which was completed in 1873.

After he died, his American widow spent much of the next thirty years at Glenveagh, becoming a society hostess and well-liked in the locality. In 1933 the estate was bought by a 27 year old American, Henry McIlhenny.

Around the castle, in the years that followed, he created gardens that are ranked as some of the finest in Europe, and inside he set about creating a style that was both appropriate and unique.
For anyone interested in social history, fine art, the logistics of keeping a castle and a deer park running, gardens, interior design and even making a telephone call in the 1970s, this is a fascinating documentary with stunning photography to match the grandeur and beauty of Glenveagh.

Production Company:
AN INPRODUCTION PRODUCTION FOR RTÉ