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Covid 19 Update


Arthur’s Grave Exhibition at the Ardclough Village Centre has reopened. The centre will be open on Saturdays from 10.00am to 3 pm beginning this Saturday (September 5) entry is free.

We look forward to seeing you!


Arthur’s Grave Centre

 From Malt to Vault, Arthur Guinness (1725-1803).



From Malt to Vault at the Arthur’s Grave Centre brings to life a spectacular story

how a teenage entrepreneur, whose grandfather sold beer from an ass cart, founded the world’s most recognisable brewing brand.

It happened on the rich plains of North Kildare in the 1750s, a time of immense change in Irish society.

The quiet, unhurried canalside community of Ardclough, is where Arthur Guinness was born and returned to be buried.

Hear the story, and take the short journey to his mausoleum in a spectacular graveyard with the best view in Ireland.


The story starts here

Arthur Guinness’s grandfather William Read sold beer on the road from Dublin behind Oughterard hill.

He befriended Richard Guinness, who was selling milk from a stall near Celbridge. The friendship was confirmed when Richard married Wiiliam’s daughter Elizabeth. Their first-born son, Arthur Guinness, was to become world famous, Arthur Guinness.

Hear the story of his achievement, the politics and economics of the time, and the obstacles he overcame on the way.

See for yourself how Ardclough’s hinterland has changed little since the days when Arthur’s kinspeople farmer these lands. Take time, if you can, to walk or cycle through our hinterland and its valuable biodiversity and meet the locals.

Farmers in Ardclough still grow the malting barley that makes Irish beer famous around the world.


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