Ballyseede Castle Says Farewell To Much-Loved ‘Mr Higgins’

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‘Mr Higgins’ was king of the Castle.

ALL at Ballyseede Castle Hotel are in mourning today as they announced the passing of the much loved ‘Mr Higgins’, the resident Irish Wolfhound at the hotel.

Mr Higgins died last night, surrounded by his family of 10 years, and under the expert care of Eugene McGrath from McGrath Vets in Tralee.

A touching tribute has been issued by the hotel today. It reads; “Mr Higgins arrived at Ballyseede Castle on November 11, 2011, the same day President Michael D Higgins was inaugurated into office and was so called Mr Higgins in his honour.

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Since his first day at Ballyseede Castle, he claimed the title as king of Ballyseede Castle.  He quickly began building loving relationships with all those who met him, whether it be a wedding couple, guests staying at the castle or any member of our team who was willing to slip him some food.

In his spare time, Mr Higgins loved to roam Ballyseedy Woods, play with his friends and run at you, giving big hugs.

‘Mr Higgins’.

Mr Higgins was a dog that legends are made of. He will be greatly missed by many, but none more so than his family here at Ballyseede Castle. We loved him with all our hearts, and though the pain we feel without him is great, it in no way would compare to having never had him in our lives.

In keeping with the Blennerhassett Family tradition, Mr Higgins will be wrapped in the castles’ best blanket and buried tomorrow in the castle family pet cemetery, alongside his father Arthur.

The Castle gates will close at 6pm with the flags flying half-mast as we toast Mr Higgins’ 10 wonderful years at Ballyseede Castle with a Gin & Tonic.

Mr Higgins leaves behind a daughter Molly who resides in Ballyseede Castle, fellow dog companions Einstein, Bubbles and Hope, his 3 Donkey and Shetland Pony friends, first cousins, Ri and Liadán in Bellingham Castle, Oscar and Claddagh in Cabra Castle and Róisín in Markree Castle. He is predeceased by his Father Arthur; Mother Sibéal; and Uncle Oscar IV.

Ard dheis de go raibh a anam #RIPMHIGGINS”


  1. Joe Hanafin says:

    Hi Rory Marnie. Daisy ,Lilly ,and staff Sorry to hear Mr. Higgins left us
    Great Ambassador

  2. God rest poor Higgins.

  3. Anne Queen says:

    Am heartbroken for all to hear of Mr Higgins’ passing. Words cannot convey the sense of
    loss and sadness and emptiness that the death
    of a much loved pet evokes.
    He must have been such a lovely character
    to have around the place, and would have
    enhanced the character of the castle
    Just by being himself to all.
    Pet lovers everywhere have total empathy with
    you today.