Only read this the other day.
At 27, in 1752, Guinness's godfather Arthur Price, Archbishop of Cashel, bequeathed him £100 in his will. Guinness invested the money and in 1755 had a brewery at Leixlip, just 17 km from Dublin. In 1759, Guinness went to the city and set up his own business. He got a 9,000 year lease on the four-acre brewery at St. James's Gate from Mark Rainsford for an annual rent of £45.
I expect many buildings have these long leases, and some might have had some that have ran out, I wonder if there are any recent cases, i.e. at the time it might have seemed eons away, but they could well have ran out.
I know somebody in one of the major banks and I think a lease is up in one building in town and it is not being renewed, they kept it quiet and everybody has to move to other areas in dublin, all was in their contracts that they could be moved but nobody suspected it AFAIK.
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