Guinness keeping ties with residents
Published 27/11/2011 | 05:00
There's nothing like a tea party in a brewery. So it was back to the future for Rory Guinness, son of Benjamin Guinness, 3rd Earl of Iveagh, the last family chairman of the brewing giant, when he hosted a soiree in the Storehouse at St James's Gate for residents of the Iveagh Buildings on Friday.
The financier, who runs the Iveagh Wealth Fund, is also a director of the Iveagh Trust, founded by his ancestor in 1890 to provide affordable accommodation for Dublin's poor.
"It's a party to say thank you for all your support over the last few years," said Rory Guinness, who attended with his wife Mira and their daughters Aoife and Beatrice.
"I really enjoy coming to an event like this today," said Theresa Nolan, who has lived in the Iveagh Buildings for 70 years. "I was born and reared there and I have never left it. My husband worked in the brewery and I have raised 10 children here also."
The first Iveagh Trust buildings in Dublin's inner city were finished by 1905 and similar projects have been built across the city over the last century, making it the city's largest social-housing charity.