- Richard Guinness arrived in Celbridge in 1722 and was employed as a land steward by Archbishop Arthur Price of Oakley Park estate. One of his duties was to supervise the brewing of beer for the workers on the estate.
- In that same year Dr. Price took over James Carberry's brewery (now Norris's Bar) having been inspired to do so by the ability of his servant Richard Guinness "to make a brew of a very palatable nature". It is assumed that this was the first house of the Guinness family in Celbridge.
- His son, the famous Arthur Guinness, was born in Celbridge in 1725. He was named after the Archbishop who left both father and son £100 in his will. Four years later, at the age of 31, Arthur had a small brewery in Leixlip.
- In 1759 he arrived at St. James' Gate, where he established the solid foundations of one of the world's most famous breweries.