Robert O'Byrne is one of Ireland's best known writers on architecture, fine art and design. A former journalist with The Irish Times, he has written extensively on the country's historic houses and their decoration. Among his previous books are Living in Dublin, a biography of the art dealer and collector Sir Hugh Lane; and a history of the Irish Georgian Society (of which he is a board member). Robert is also the author of Romantic Irish Homes, Romantic English Homes and The Perfectly Dressed Gentleman, all published by CICO Books.
Luggala Days: The Story of a Guinness Houseby Robert O'Byrne
Hidden inside a secluded Irish valley lies Luggala, an exquisite eighteenth-century house at the center of a 5,000-acre estate. In 1937 Ernest Guinness presented Luggala to his youngest daughter, Oonagh, following her marriage to the fourth Baron Oranmore and Browne. Oonagh described Luggala as “the most decorative honey pot in Ireland” and made it the center of a dazzling social world that included peers, painters and poets, journalists and junkies, scholars and socialites. In the late 1960s she passed the estate to her son, the Hon Garech Browne, founder of Claddagh Records, who has not only maintained but surpassed his mother's gifts for hospitality. Luggala Days celebrates the unique beauty of this place and the many renowned names irresistibly drawn there, from writers like Brendan Behan, Robert Lowell, Seamus Heaney, and Ted Hughes, to actors and directors such as John Hurt, Daniel Day Lewis, and John Boorman, and above all musicians, including The Chieftains, Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull, Bono, and Michael Jackson.
• The first book to be published on the history of this important house.
• Includes unseen photos of some of Luggala's most famous guests, including Mick Jagger, John Hurt, and John Boorman.
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