THE HOME(S) OF GUINNESS
It therefore comes as no surprise that the Guinness Storehouse is the most popular ‘paying visitor attraction’ annually.
But who were the Guinnesses and what are their stories? In short, The Guinness family were an aristocratic Anglo-Irish family noted for their achievements in brewing (obviously!), banking and politics.
These few words are not meant to be in any way definitive though will give you some insights into other places associated with the Guinness family.
THE GUINNESS STOREHOUSE
Dublin – St. Stephen’s Green
Dublin – Iveagh House
Dublin – Farmleigh House
MAYO – ASHFORD CASTLE
A castle was originally built in 1228 on the site of the current Ashford Castle. The elegant castle resort you visit today was purchased in 1852 and developed by Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness. However, it was his son, Lord Ardilaun, who expanded the castle further in the neo-gothic style. An avid gardener, Lord Ardilaun, oversaw the planting of the woodlands.
Today, Ashford Castle is a most sought after 5* hotel resort. Where better to sample a pint of Guinness!
Kildare – And Finally…..Arthur’s Resting PlacE
Few if any Dubliners could tell you where Arthur Guinness is buried. For the intrepid visitor, it is worth making the trip to nearby Celbridge in County Kildare. In the small cemetery known as Oughterard, you will find his burial place. The cemetery is not signposted so ask locally for directions. Sadly, the cemetery is somewhat neglected reminding us of James Shirley’s poem that death is indeed is the great leveller.
It’s worth making this trip as it can be your excuse to visit, dine or indeed stay at the nearby Lyons Estate.
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