Acclaimed British actor Dominic West has revealed why he and his wife have chosen to raise their children in Limerick.

The 48-year-old Sheffield-born actor said that he and his wife, landscape designer Catherine Fitzgerald, made the decision to live in Glin village in West Limerick along with their children as it offers them "a far broader existence" than anywhere else.

The actor, well known for his leading roles in The Wire and The Affair, opened up about his family life in the October issue of House & Garden magazine, where he said: "Glin enriches my life and my kids' lives in terms of identity and continuum.

"My children are surrounded by Irish wit and humanity. They have a far broader existence than they would anywhere else in the world."

The couple are parents to Dora, 12, Senan, 10, and Francis, nine, while West also has daughter Martha, 20, from a previous relationship with Polly Astor.

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West's wife Catherine Fitzgerald is the daughter of Desmond FitzGerald, 29th Knight of Glin. They married in Glin Castle in 2010 and West said the wedding was typically Irish.

"The wedding was a real hoolie", he said.

"The whole village was involved, with Thomas Coolahan, the publican, postman and funeral director, running the bar with gusto."

Dominic West and Catherine Fitzgerald married in Glin Castle in 2010

Last year the couple took over Glin Castle after it failed to sell and they plan to transform it into a boutique hotel.