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Guinness heir Garech de Brún: 'I wish I hadn't been born - life doesn't stop being hell'

Garech Browne
Garech Browne
Garech a Brun in his home at Luggala, Co Wicklow, once the scene of parties for poets, musicians, cerebral types and politicians. The house has been put up for sale for €28m. Photo: David Conachy
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Guinness heir Garech de Brún has admitted that he wishes he wasn't born.

Speaking on Sunday with Miriam on RTE Radio 1, the Guinness heir explained why he felt so morbidly about life.

Garech (77) said that he has had a "wonderful" life, but if he had the choice, he wouldn't be alive.

"I've had a wonderful life because I've been very lucky. I've met all kinds of fascinating people, endlessly so, and I've enjoyed every second and I still do.

Garech a Brun in his home at Luggala, Co Wicklow, once the scene of parties for poets, musicians, cerebral types and politicians. The house has been put up for sale for €28m. Photo: David Conachy
Garech a Brun in his home at Luggala, Co Wicklow, once the scene of parties for poets, musicians, cerebral types and politicians. The house has been put up for sale for €28m. Photo: David Conachy

"I'll always agree with that [saying he didn't want to be born] and Sam Beckett thought the same."

When asked what his reasons behind wishing he wasn't born are, the Claddagh Records founder said that life is "basically hell".

"If I'd been asked if I'd rather begin this voyage, I would be delighted not to have done so. I think it's frightful to bring anyone into this world.

"There are lots of reasons to go on and get things done, but it doesn't stop life being basically hell.

"I happen to be alive, so of course I celebrate it, but if I was given the choice, I wouldn't be alive."

Garech's family home, Luggala in Co Wicklow, is currently for sale for €28m.

His brother Tara Browne died  in a car crash in London in 1966 and was the subject of The Beatles song 'A Day in the Life'.

During the RTE show, Garech said he hopes the state buys the luxury mansion and its estate.

"I would love it if the state bought it, because that would make a lot of sense.

"I think they're almost obligated to buy it."

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