Classiebawn Castle is a country house built for The 3rd Viscount Palmerston on what was formerly a 4,000-hectare estate on the Mullaghmore Peninsula near the village of Cliffoney, County Sligo, in the Republic of Ireland. The current castle was largely built in the late 19th century.
In 1916, the house was cleared and remained empty until 1950. It was inherited in July 1939 by The Rt. Hon. Edwina, Countess Mountbatten of Burma (when she was still officially styled Lady Louis Mountbatten), who, with her husband Admiral of the Fleet The 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, made a number of improvements, installing electricity and a mains water supply. After his wife’s death in February 1960, Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India, spent his summers there until his death when his boat was blown up off the coast of Mullaghmore by the IRA in August 1979.
The castle and surrounding lands are now owned by the estate of Hugh Tunney (1928–2011), a deceased businessman from Trillick in County Tyrone, who bought the castle and 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres) of surrounding estate in 1991 after having leased it for many years.
I’ve spent years helping people to find the perfect sole. In my shoe shop in the heart of Derry and now through my passion for photography
I get to photograph people with their soulmates! My daughter Bronagh and parents have always been and always will be a big part of my life. We have shared so many moments and enjoy looking at older photos and laughing together. Moments and the moments between moments during a wedding or a portrait session hold so much emotion. I love to capture images in a fun, natural and classic way. I’ve been passionate about photography for years, from the darkroom to my digital camera today, and storytelling is at the heart of what I do. I’m Gerard and I look forward to telling your story.