Edward Augustine McGuire
Edward Augustine McGuire was an artist, business man, politician and tennis player. McGuire was educated at Douai School in Woolhampton, England. He was elected to 6th Seanad in 1948 by the Taoiseach, was nominated to 7th Seanad in 1951 by the Industrial and Commercial Panel, and re-elected in 1954, 1957 and 1961. He eventually lost his seat in the 1965 Seanad election. As a business man he was the owner of Brown Thomas, along with several other investments including Newtown Park House in Blackrock, Co. Dublin. Under the proprietorship of McGuire, Newtown Park House swiftly became the perfect background for his developing collection of 17th and 18th century European works of art, as well as a collection of Irish furniture and Chinese porcelain.