Malahide Castle and Estate officially opens to the public.

For nearly eight hundred years Malahide Castle was owned by the Talbot family. 

They were a clan of Catholic aristocrats with a remarkable capacity for holding on to their wealth.

When the 7th Baron Talbot died in 1973, the contents of the castle, including many valuable antiques, were auctioned off bringing in over half a million pounds. Dublin County Council then bought the property for £650,000 and have since spent an additional £300,000 on the estate. 

Eventually, it will give the public facilities for a wide range of leisure activity.

The castle now houses a large collection of portrait paintings, many of which come from the National Gallery of Ireland.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 30 April 1978. The reporter is Michael Walsh.