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Obituary: Desmond Guinness

The aristocratic Guinness heir lived a raffish life and founded the Irish Georgian Society, writes Liam Collins

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HIGH SOCIETY: Desmond Guinness at the 50th Anniversary of the Irish Georgian Society at Leixlip Castle

HIGH SOCIETY: Desmond Guinness at the 50th Anniversary of the Irish Georgian Society at Leixlip Castle

HIGH SOCIETY: Desmond Guinness at the 50th Anniversary of the Irish Georgian Society at Leixlip Castle

Described as "a great dandy of his generation", Desmond Guinness, noted for his piercing blue eyes, lived the gilded life of a fun-loving aristocrat. He was closely related to many of the blue-bloods of Ireland and England, as well as a wide circle who were either Guinness by birth or through marriage.

But as co-founder of the Irish Georgian Society with his first wife Mariga, he also did more than any other person to save some of Ireland's great historic buildings - from stately Castletown House in Co Kildare to crumbling Georgian town houses - from the developer's wrecking ball.


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