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It’s one of Wicklow’s most celebrated properties, and now, with the sad passing of Garech Domnagh Browne on March 10th, the magnificent Luggala is up for sale.

A rather magnificent 18th-century house nestled in an estate that covers a staggering 5,000 acres, Luggala has played host to many a scholar, saint and skallywag.

Sir Bono of Vox reckons Garech’s hideaway “turned out to be our inspiration“. For Oonagh Guinness – another of Arthur’s off-off-spring – Luggala is “the most decorative honey pot in Ireland“, whilst Marianne Faithfull (who liked to work, rest and play there) described it as the “most beautiful place in the world. It has everything you need but without any external stimulant“.

Which may go some way to explaining the €28m price tag. 

With a new owner may come new rules though, and there is concern that the public access so generously allowed by Garech Browne may be overturned.

And that’s why a petition has been created, urging the Minister For Culture, Heritage & The Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, to ensure future public access. The argument being, the state should purchase part of the lands at Luggala so that they can become part of The Wicklow Mountains National Park.

The public access points are, of course, far from that beautiful house. Only the rich and infamous are allowed within those sacred walls.

You can sign the petition right about here. And then check out our Take A Hike guide here.

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