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There is no other company industry or premises more closely alignedindeed almost synonymouswith its hometown than Guinnesss St. Jamess Gate Brewery and the city of Dublin. From the companys modest beginnings in 1759 to its heyday in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and its continued strength into the twenty-first century Guinness has had an enormous influence over the citys economic social and cultural life.In this warm and fascinating piece of history Tony Corcoran examines the magnitude of the brewerys operation and the working lives of the thousands of Dubliners who have depended on Guinness for their livelihood either directly or indirectly. The companys unusually progressive treatment of its workershealth care training and housingis revealed in detail as is the Guinness familys philanthropy and compassion towards the less well-off residents of the city. Tracing Guinnesss progressive attitudes to their roots Corcoran also explores the important roles of the strong-willed women in each generation of the Guinness dynasty. A labor of love full of anecdotes humor and historical insights into one of Dublins most important and best-loved institutions The Goodness of Guinness. Whenever I bleed I am always surprised to see that my blood is not black. Certainly when you consider that I was born into two Guinness families had two Guinness grandfathers and five Guinness uncles and was on the premises of Guinness before I could walk I am as much a product of Guinness as the black stuff itself. - Tony Corcoran

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