Today marks the 292th anniversary of the birth of Arthur Guinness (1725-1803). Born in Leixlip , Guinness established his first brewery there before signing a 9,000 year lease in 1759 for what is now St James Gate, Dublin. But a little known fact is that Arthur Guinness’ mother in law, Mary Whitmore (nee Grattan) was born and reared in Clonmeen, Carbury! She was the daughter of John Grattan & Martha Mason. So the next time you raise a glass of the black stuff- remember the Carbury connection!!