The television series 'Discovery' visits the village of Glaslough in County Monaghan and meets Desmond Leslie of Clan Leslie, who has set up a nightclub and restaurant on the grounds the Castle Leslie Estate, home to an Irish branch of the Scottish clan.
Desmond Leslie describes his varied career which includes a spell in the Royal Air Force (RAF), writing novels - including the definitive work on flying saucers, making films and being an electronic music pioneer. He is now a farmer and a nightclub owner.
Upon taking over the running of Castle Leslie three years ago, with his father’s blessing, Desmond turned the estate manager’s house into a country club complete with discotheque and restaurant. This is the beginning of a bigger project and Desmond plans to renovate 12 rooms, turn the stable court into a holiday lodge and have water skiing and sailing on the lake.
Ultimately Desmond would like to create a peace centre or sanctuary for people to come to when they wish to get away from it all and unwind. He is confident the club will give a much needed boost to the region as
This is a depressed area and I’m doing my best to un-depress it with a bit of fun.
Visitors to the club have come from as far away as San Francisco and some of those enjoying the nightlife on this occasion is an English lecturer from Trinity College Dublin and a philosophy and psychology student wearing the latest trends from the King's Road in London.
This episode of ‘Discovery’ was broadcast on 17 November 1966. The reporter is Bruce Arnold.