He believes that through art, literature, dance and music, the Irish have kept their spirit and soul. He finds it amazing that this tiny little country in Western Europe has produced so much talent and so influenced the world – starting with the monks in the early centuries, and now with its musicians and business leaders. After they bought the castle, the Helnweins restored the inside, completely refurbishing it while keeping the original spirit of the place alive. The original library from the old family is still in place; each book comes with a dedication. In the hall hang some of the old family portraits, the coat of arms and the weapons belonging to the family from the Cromwellian wars. There is even a live-in ghost, known as the White Lady. "I wanted to keep the memory of the family, while combining a light and bright feeling throughout. We have opened it up to make it a beautiful place to live. Its aesthetics and beauty, especially in architecture, are always timeless. I always wanted a place like this because I always wanted a big family, and to have lots of friends around. I want to have a house full of children and grandchildren and friends and dogs. I want to sit twenty people at the dining table," says Gottfried.