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Lough Bray

Lough Bray house is said to have been built by a British Viceroy as a shooting lodge for a surgeon who saved his life towards the end of the 19th century. Situated in spectacular scenery at the head of the Glencree valley, it used to be part of the large estate owned by Lord Powerscourt of the Wingfield family. Later it was bought by the Guinnesses. Situated on the south-facing shore of Lower Lough Bray (occupying an area of 37 acres), the house can only be seen from the path on the opposite side that leads up to the Eagle's Crag, above where this photo was taken, and from which one can enjoy stunning panoramic views across the Irish Sea to the mountains of Snowdonia in Wales.

The house was visited by Oscar Wilde, and was subsequently inhabited by James Joyce's friend John McCormack, the great Irish opera singer who probably appreciated the extraordinary acoustic properties of the giant natural amphitheatre formed by the mountains which surround the lake. The famous playwright John Millington Synge stayed in the gate lodge, and was said to have been inspired to write The Shadow of the Glen as a resuilt. The property was then inherited from the Wingfield to the Slazenger family.

Robert Altman used the location as the set for his film Images starring Susannnah York in 1972. Michael O'Callaghan lived there in 1973-74 shortly after first conceiving the Global Vision project.