Dromoland Castle is one of the most beautiful and desirable 5* hotels in Ireland. It is believed that this location was the ancestral home of the O’Briens who are the direct descendants of Brian Boru and so are one of the few Gaelic Irish families of true Royal blood. This was once the site of a 15th-century tower house built by Thomas McInerney. It later became the residence of Murrough O’Brien was granted the title of First Earl of Thomond by Henry VIII in 1543. It later passed through another 7 generations of O’Briens as well a few other of the leading Gaelic families. By the early 1700s, the tower house had transformed into an early neo-classical manor house but the fantasy castle that you see now was built in 1835 at a cost of £50,000. This style is described as Gothic revival with Baronial features. Famous guests have included George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Juan Carlos I of Spain, Nelson Mandela, Muhammad Ali, Richard Branson, Jack Nicholson, Johnny Cash, Michael Flatley, John Travolta and of course our own Bono. According to the historian James Frost, Dromoland translates as the ‘Hill of Litigation’! I wonder what that was all about?