People walking  near Luggala, Co Wicklow.  Photograph: Eric Luke

A peatland restoration project across extensive upland bog and heathland is to be undertaken at the famous Luggala estate in the Wicklow mountains. L(...)

Irish antique dealer Niall Smith with artist Edwina Sandys (grand-daughter of Winston Churchill) in New York 2007

At the age of 84, veteran New York-based antiques dealer Niall Smith is finally calling it a day at his showroom in Greenwich Village. After more than(...)

Padulli’s  connection with Luggala was revealed in July of last year when a company called Luggala Estate Limited was registered

Born in May 1955, Count Luca Rinaldo Contardo Padulli di Vighignolo is an elusive character. In one profile, he is described as Britain’s biggest land(...)

The sale of the Luggala property  sparked intense interest from a host of wealthy international buyers, amid calls for the State to buy it to add to Wicklow National Park. File photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

U2 lead singer Bono tried to buy Luggala, the Co Wicklow estate and house owned until recently by the Guinness family and home to Garech Browne until (...)

Luggala Lodge dates from about 1787 and was used as a location for films and TV series including Braveheart,  Excalibur, King Arthur, Dancing at Lughnasa and The Tudors.

A reclusive Italian count is believed to be the new owner of the 5,000 acre Luggala estate in Co Wicklow after his wife set up a company by the same n(...)