Signs ‘don’t alter Luggala public access’
The Guinness Trust, which owns the Luggala estate in Co Wicklow, has said new ‘private property’ signs erected around the estate do not change “public access to certain areas within the grounds of the estate”.
“There are no public rights of way or rights of access to any of the estate” says the statement, issued on behalf of Barbican International Corporation. “However, successive owners over recent years permitted public access to certain parts of the estate via the present pedestrian access gate.
“The terrain at Luggala is mountainous and there are many exceptionally steep and unsafe sections,” it continues. “The owners have a duty of care regarding the estate and, as a result, a decision was taken to erect signage confirming that Luggala is private property and that the pedestrian access gate beside the public road would be closed from 5.30pm each day, a common practice in similar settings over privately owned land.”
The death of former owner Garech Browne earlier this year and the success of the television series
Vikings, sections of which are filmed there, has led to a “considerable” increase in visitors to the area.
The estate is for sale for €28m.