Guinness Was Good To You

The famous family behind the iconic brand has left an indelible mark on Dublin and Ireland


Life, Love The Liberties

With the return of one Lord Iveagh to The Liberties, its worth a look back at the enormous legacy of the Guinness family to the area, the city and Ireland. From palatial homes to houses for the working man; from endowed public buildings and institutions to the creation of public parks; from a market leader to a splendid market hall, from the iconic Bayno to the Iveagh Hostel for Men.

The historian Donal Fallon looks back at the legacy of the first Earl of Iveagh, Edward Cecil Guinness, who turned his considerable fortune to works to improve the lives of many ordinary Dubliners. The podcast features on Donal’s excellent Three Castles Burning series.

You can listen here via Spotify or use your regular podcast app.


Edward Cecil Guinness, First Earl of Iveagh 1847-1927 (Farmleigh Collection)
Bull Alley Housing by the Iveagh Trust, a philanthropic trust established by Edward Guinness, Lord Iveagh to develop housing and community facilities in Dublin for the so-called working poor. The scheme was one of the largest urban regeneration schemes in the city at the time. In addition to 'flats', the complex included a hostel for indigent men, a play centre and swimming baths.
The Iveagh Market
Staircase, No 80 St Stephen's Green, Iveagh House
St Patrick's Park
Street Traders, Patrick Street
Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness
St James's Gate, Dublin
Edward Cecil Guinness (National Portrait Gallery)

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