Visit to Leixlip Castle

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Leixlip castle, an amazing part of Leixlip’s history. A Norman, Adam de Hereford, built it in the 12th century. It has gone through many changes over the years but is now in brilliant condition, all thanks to Desmond Guinness. We were very lucky to be brought around such an interesting building, filled with old and wonderful furniture. The castle is supposed to be haunted by two ghosts .We got to walk around the gardens, which were full of flowers. It is a building that is really worth seeing.

Philip Harte & Gavin Colton      

 

Our class went to Leixlip Castle on the 23rd of May. It was built in 1172 and owned by many families like the Fitzgerald. Desmond Guinness now owns the castle. We were lucky enough to get a tour of the place and learned a lot. After the tour we went round the back of the castle through the garden and walked back to our school. When we went to Leixlip castle we saw many fine bedrooms, a dining room, a living room and a study. We were lucky to see so much of the castle as it is a private residence. The owner is Desmond Guinness and he has a great interest in the history of our area. There is a room in the tower of the castle that a girl fell out of many years ago. When people sleep in this room they say that they hear the girl’s cries. A three-headed dog and a wicked nanny are also supposed to haunt the castle. Some of Guinness’ most impressive belongings included tapestries showing Julius Caesar in battle, protected by the god, Fortuna. I thought that this was a really interesting tour.

Conor Whelan

 

Our class went to Leixlip Castle on the 23rd of May. It was built in 1172 and owned by many families like the Fitzgeralds and the O’Connells. Desmond Guinness now owns the castle. We were lucky to get a tour of the place and gathered a lot of information about the history of the castle. After the tour we went round the back of the castle, through the garden and walked back to our school. For me, the most interesting thing I learned was that it is very haunted.                      

Erica Lawless

 

My class went to Leixlip castle on the twenty third of May. We were very lucky to get in, as it is a private residence owned and lived in by Desmond Guinness. The history of the castle was very interesting. Adam de Hereford built Leixlip castle back in 1172. The Whyte family owned it for 200 years. For a time Leixlip castle served as the French embassy. My favourite part of the tour was when our guide brought us to the haunted room. Apparently such ghosts  as a multi headed dog, a baby and a nanny that looked after the children haunt the castle I enjoyed our trip to Leixlip castle.