A Family of brewers.
In 1756 Arthur Guinness (1725-1803) established a brewery in Leixlip, County Kildare, which he moved to Dublin in 1759.
The business grew under his son Arthur (1767-1855) and grandson Benjamin (1798-1868), who developed export markets in the United States and Europe.
Sir Benjamin’s sons, Arthur Edward (1840-1915), First Baron Ardilaun, and Edward Cecil (1847-1927), First Baron Lveagh, were generous benefactors to the city of Dublin. They oversaw the development of their brewery in St. James Gate, which still produces dark, creamy stout, into one of the worlds largest breweries.
By 1980, the family interest in the business had fallen to just 5%, but the company continued to expand its holdings. However, the financial takeover of Guinness by Distillers in 1986 led to a fraud trial in 1990, afetr which the company’s former chairman was convicted for illegal manipulation of Guinness share prices.
Guinness, now part of the multinational conglomerate Diageo, continues to sponsor the publication of the Guinness Book Of World Records.
Try a pint of guinness on any Ireland Tours !!!!