When a castle was sold for £50

In 1967, the beautiful castle of Kilkenny, Ireland was in a horrible condition. Originally built around 1173, it had hosted earls, noblemen, kings and many gatherings of the Irish elite over hundreds of years.  

It had been owned privately for hundreds of years until Arthur Butler, sixth Matquess and twenty-fourth Earl of Ormonde, simply didn’t have the money for proper maintenance. He therefore decided to hand over the castle to the people of Ireland for £50, so it would not become ruins. The restoration took many years, but in the mid 1970s the castle became one of the major tourist attractions of Ireland and is one of the most beautiful castles in the World.



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Information sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilkenny_Castle
http://www.kilkenny.ie/eng/About_Kilkenny/History/Famous_Landmarks/Kilkenny_Castle.html

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By Tolivero~commonswiki (based on copyright claims). [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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