Signs ‘don’t al­ter Lug­gala pub­lic ac­cess’

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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.

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