An Ir­ish sil­ver ju­bilee

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THIS year, the Ir­ish Land­mark Trust cel­e­brates its 25th an­niver­sary. The trust took in­spi­ra­tion from its UK name­sake and ac­quired its first prop­erty, the Wick­low Light­house, in 1992. Since then, it has gone on to res­cue and re­store 30 prop­er­ties across the full ex­tent of Ire­land, from the Bar­bican of Gle­n­arm Cas­tle on the Antrim Coast (above) to the Gal­ley head Light­keeper’s houses, Co Cork, over­look­ing St Ge­orge’s Chan­nel.

Other un­usual prop­er­ties in­clude the An­nagh­more School­house in Co Sligo and Mer­rion Mews —com­plete with func­tion­ing sta­bles—in the heart of Dublin. The prop­er­ties range in size and can ac­com­mo­date from two to 10 peo­ple for self-cater­ing short-let hol­i­days. The rev­enues gen­er­ated by the hol­i­day lets are rein­vested to re­store other prop­er­ties. Visit www.irish­land­mark.com for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion. JG

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