Garech Browne

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On Wednesday, Pat Kenny discusses teenage sex in occasionally alarming detail. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A minor squall in teacup blows up this week, with howls of exasperation from those wary of the creeping “nanny state”. A proposed new law would fine (...)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys announced the review of the tax breaks allowed to the owners of historic houses. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government has announced a review of the tax breaks allowed to the owners of historic houses. Section 482 of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997, a(...)

Luggala, Co Wicklow: ‘Let’s ensure every Irish person has one small house, before we acquire more big ones.’

The Irish love affair with property is like a bad marriage. We lurch from obsession to betrayal, and back again. Our attitude to the Big Houses of (...)

With its turrets and arched windows, Luggala is a Gothic Revival fantasy.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The fate of Luggala, the famed Guinness estate hidden away in the Wicklow mountains and for sale on the open market for €28 million, hangs in the bala(...)

Garech Browne became custodian of Luggala Estate in Co Wicklow after his mother Oonagh Guinness’s death in 1970. Photographs: Neil Gavin, Walter Pfeiffer

The Guinness trust behind the sale of the €28 million Luggala Estate in Co Wicklow has indicated it will consider offers for the 5,000-acre property t(...)

Luggala, currently the home of Guinness heir Garech Browne, is  going on sale with a $30 million (€28 million) price tag. Photograph: Walter Pfeiffer

Luggala, the famous ancestral family home of the Guinness brewing family tucked away in the Wicklow mountains, has been placed for sale on the US mar(...)

The 18th-century clock, described as “highly important” and of great historical significance, was loaned to the Houses of the Oireachtas in 2007 by Mayo businessman Frank Kerins.

A valuable grandfather clock that plays God Save The Queen has been removed from the main hall in Leinster House after suffering damage from hot ai(...)

Ian O’Riordan outside Mickey’s Kitchen, a stone-cut cottage in the heart of the 6,000-acre Luggala Estate, in Co Wicklow

Each day I dreamt I woke up, the river whispering in my ear, or the wind heaving under empty sky. Then, from the half-door of my old trapper’s cottage(...)

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