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Monday, November 5, 2018

#ReadThis #IrelandPeachy #Luggala #WhomYouKnow @RylandPeters Luggala by ROBERT O'BYRNE

Ryland Peters not only publishes books on England, but also publishes books on Ireland!  Even better.  A new hit is a tribute to a phenomenal 18th century house just south of Dublin, Luggala!  We have never been there but certainly we'd like to go now.  Nestled upon a 5,000 acre estate, Luggala boasts an esteemed history that will completely enchant you as you turn each page by author Robert O'Byrne.  The photography is trumped by only the illustrious history chronicled and compiled in depth in order.  We love that it is completely in order right from the commencement with St. Kevin.

As time goes on, you'll learn of the history of not only the house and land but also the animals that inhabit it and how they were acquired, and most importantly, the people that lived there and their guests, many of whom you will have heard of!  The priceless notes left in the guest book were among our favorite aspects of the book and should inspire you to have your own guest book too if you don't have one already.

From the architectural aspects to the interior design, Luggala is sure to entice professionals who seek to be inspired by Celtic style throughout the ages and enable them to take notes of what they see on these pages to bring them to life in their profession today.  If you liked the show Downton Abbey, this book is going to wow you too.  If you drink Guinness, and who doesn't, you'll be intrigued by the stories of Oonagh, the heiress.

Luggala is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know!

The Story of a Guinness House

Luggala explores "the scandals, intrigues, and heartbreaking beauty of one of Ireland's grandest homes" (Mitchell Owens, Wall Street Journal) that has bewitched the imagination of poets, rock stars, dreamers and the aristocracy alike.

Nestled in a secluded Irish valley, Luggala is an exquisite eighteenth-century house at the centre of a 5,000-acre estate. In 1937 Ernest Guinness presented Luggala to his youngest daughter, Oonagh, who described Luggala as ‘the most decorative honey pot in Ireland’ and made it the centre of a dazzling social world that included painters, poets, scholars and socialites. In the late 1960s she passed the estate to her son, the Hon Garech Browne, who has not only maintained but surpassed his mother’s gifts both for hospitality and for bringing together a wide range of creative talents. Robert O’Byrne recounts this fascinating story, which celebrates both the unique beauty of this place and the many celebrated names irresistibly drawn there, from writers like Robert Lowell, Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes, to actors such as John Hurt and Daniel Day-Lewis, and above all musicians, including Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull, Bono and Michael Jackson. All of them have succumbed to the enchantment of days passed at Luggala.

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