It was our third day in Ireland. The trip to Connemara including the visit to Kylemore Abbey cost extra. I decided to book it together with the trip to Ring of Kerry which commenced  on the 5th day. If you book it all together, it cost 99.00 Euros. I have no choice because I want to see more places during that 7-day trip to Ireland. I did not regret booking it because I love what I witnessed and experienced to those areas. Connemara is truly  lovely and full of  amazing and breathtaking landscapes.

The beautiful location of Kylemore Abbey. In front of it is a lake.

One of the sights we visited was Kylemore Abbey. The story of this castle was very romantic but at the same time, also very sad. Our tour guide named Kristine, who has a lot of knowledge about Ireland told us how the building of this castle started. It was all love by a man given to his wife, why Kylemore Castle was built. The story  of  Mitchell Henry and his wife Margaret was truly one of a kind.

The Kylemore Castle, now a Benedictine Abbey. I am happy to see this castle.

Kylemore Castle was built as a private home for the family of Mitchell Henry, a wealthy doctor from London, whose family was in textile manufacturing from Manchester, England. He moved to Ireland, when he and his wife, Margaret, purchased the land around the Abbey and became a politician, and was also an MP for County Galway from 1871 to 1885. The castle was designed by James Franklin Fuller and Ussher Roberts. Construction first began in 1867, and took one hundred men four years to complete. The castle covered approximately 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2) with over 70 rooms and the principal wall was two to three feet thick. The facade measured 142 feet (43 m) in length and is made of granite brought from Dalkey by sea to Letterfrack and limestone from Ballinasloe. There were 33 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4 sitting rooms, ballroom, billiard room, library, study, school room, smoking room, gun room and various offices and domestic staff residences for the butler, cook, housekeeper and other servants. Several other building including a Gothic cathedral and family mausoleum containing the bodies of Margaret Henry, Mitchell Henry and a great grand nephew.  More  here.

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