Robert O’Byrne is a writer specialising in the fine and decorative arts. He is the author of more than a dozen books, the latest being Luggala Days: The Story of a Guinness House (Cico Books). He writes a monthly column for Apollo magazine (http://www.apollo-magazine.com) and also contributes to each issue of the quarterly Irish Arts Review (http://www.irishartsreview.com). Vice-President of the Irish Georgian Society, he is a trustee of the Alfred Beit Foundation. He holds strong opinions on the appearance of his native country, her landscape, architecture and artefacts.