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'He was the saddest, loneliest man I ever met' - the dark side of Garech Browne

Garech Browne was wealthy, privileged, a patron of the arts, with many famous friends who frequented days-long drinking sessions at his magnificent Co Wicklow home. However, all was not what is seemed. Liam Collins talks to his banished nephew who reveals how the Guinness heir was a lonely, tortured soul who was often cruel, and a spendthrift who squandered his fortune

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50 years later, Garech Browne at 67. Photo: David Conachy

50 years later, Garech Browne at 67. Photo: David Conachy

Garech Browne walking in the grounds of his estate, Luggala, in 2016

Garech Browne walking in the grounds of his estate, Luggala, in 2016

Garech at his estate with his good friend, the film-maker John Boorman

Garech at his estate with his good friend, the film-maker John Boorman

Garech with the artist Francis Bacon

Garech with the artist Francis Bacon

Garech with friends and relatives at a memorial tree-planting for Kim's father, Gay Kindersley. According to Kim, Garech behaved very badly to those around him that day

Garech with friends and relatives at a memorial tree-planting for Kim's father, Gay Kindersley. According to Kim, Garech behaved very badly to those around him that day

Garech, beautifully dressed as usual, at the Roundwood Inn in Co Wicklow. This pub was where Kim Kindersley last set eyes on his uncle before his death

Garech, beautifully dressed as usual, at the Roundwood Inn in Co Wicklow. This pub was where Kim Kindersley last set eyes on his uncle before his death

The Guinness heir with Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains, a band Browne helped form

The Guinness heir with Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains, a band Browne helped form

Garech at Luggala with Desmond, a close relative. This is the last photo taken of the aristocrat at the Wicklow estate

Garech at Luggala with Desmond, a close relative. This is the last photo taken of the aristocrat at the Wicklow estate

Actors John Hurt, far left, and Matthew Modine, left, with an acquaintance at Browne's house

Actors John Hurt, far left, and Matthew Modine, left, with an acquaintance at Browne's house

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50 years later, Garech Browne at 67. Photo: David Conachy

Outwardly, he was a wealthy, aristocratic Guinness heir, bon vivant and a pillar of Irish cultural life, with a circle of famous friends as he moved with leisured ease between his iconic Irish estate, the Ritz in London, or in India, at one of the palaces of Princess Harshad Purna Devi, his wife.

Inwardly, Garech Browne was a tortured alcoholic, a spendthrift who laid waste to his magnificent inheritance, complained bitterly and endlessly to servants and waiters, and often behaved in a monstrous fashion towards those around him when he was drunk, as he frequently was.


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