Irish Georgian Society founder had many connections with the Midlands – Offaly Express

Desmond Guinness, who has died aged 88, co-founded the Irish Georgian Society with his wife  Mariga,  after witnessing the demolition of two government-owned Georgian houses on Kildare Place, Dublin.

There were soon joined by a stream of volunteers to offer support including Tullamore born architect, Jeremy Williams; the talented artist and archaeologist Alison Cooke-Hurle who later married Lord Oxmantown of Birr Castle and is the current Countess of Rosse, and a trainee solicitor, Brian Molloy who worked as a volunteer to help repair Charleville Castle in Tullamore and was a first cousin of Fr Niall Molloy who died tragically in Clara. 

In 1954 the Hon Desmond Guinness married Princess Marie Gabrielle von Urach  Wurttemberg (Mariga) in Christ Church Cathedral and they moved permanently to Ireland the following year where  they rented Carton House near Maynooth from Lord Brocket.  After renting Carton for a couple of years, they decided to buy

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