Desmond, as well as his stories, was always charming and larger than life. He stumbled his way through his education and finally ended up in Trinity College, Dublin. He joined the air force, where he admitted to doing very little. However, as time went on, dinners at Castle Leslie Estate were consumed while listening to tall stories about his time as a dashing Spitfire pilot.
Desmond went on to marry an actress, Agnes Bernelle. They lived a thespian life in London and raised three children in between night clubbing with the likes of Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithful. During that time, Desmond wrote many novels including an international best seller about flying saucers.
After marrying his second wife, Helen, he moved back to Castle Leslie Estate along with two new daughters, Samantha and Camilla. Here he became the country squire and concentrated on turning the estate into a heavenly place to ride horses. He retired to the south of France, but his heart always belonged to the green lake of Glaslough. He passed away in 2001.