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Above Lough Tay

Lough Tay is a small but scenic lake set in the Wicklow Mountains in County Wicklow, Ireland. It lies between the mountains of Djouce and Luggala, and is most easily viewed from above, from the R759 or the Wicklow Way as it descends past the J. B. Malone memorial. It is fed by the Cloghoge River, which then drains into Lough Dan to the south.


The northern coastline forms part of an estate belonging to Garech de Brún of the Guinness family; it is edged with a beach of startlingly white sand, imported by the landowners.


The estate is also the last resting place of Garech's brother Tara Browne

(1945-1966), a friend of Paul McCartney and John Lennon. On 18th of December 1966 he drove his Lotus Elan at high speeds through red lights in South Kensington, smashing into a van and killing himself. Whether or not he was tripping at the time is unknown, though Lennon clearly thought so. Reading the report of the coroner's verdict, he recorded it in the opening verses of the Beatles song "A Day In The Life", taking the detached view of the onlookers whose only interest was in the dead man's celebrity.

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Taken on March 17, 2008