Guinness Brewing to move to ancestral home

It is being reported in this morning’s Irish Times that Guinness’ parent company Diageo has chosen a site near Leixlip in County Kildare for its €550m new facility that will brew exclusively for the export market.

The new brewery will be the world’s largest in terms of output and will employ at least 170 people.

The St James’s Gate brewery in Dublin city will continue to brew for the domestic market.

Leixlip was the original site of Arthur Guinness‘s first brewery where he brewed ales until he moved to St. James’s Gate Brewery, Dublin in 1759, where he first brewed Guinness Stout.

Nearby Leixlip Castle remains home to the Guinness family in ireland today having been purchased in 1958 by Desmond Guinness.

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