Luggala Lodge was built in 1787 and gothicized thereafter for the La Touche family (Dublin bankers of Huguenot origin). In 1937, Ernest Guinness bought Luggala and gave it as a wedding present to his daughter, Oonagh Guinness, on her marriage to Lord Oranmore and Browne. Oonagh 'imbued Luggala with enchantment' and made it 'the most decorative honeypot in Ireland.'
Nobody could stay away: Dublin intelligentsia, literati. painters, actors, scholars, hangers-on, toffs, punters, poets, and social hang-gliders. Luggala famously became the gathering place for Dublin’s intelligentsia, as well as artists and musicians from around the world.