Posted in Castles, Celtic Tiger, Hotel, Troubles

Dunboy Castle a Celtic Tiger Survivor…

Dunboy Castle Castletown Berehaven LAWRENCEDunboy Castle deep in West Cork, on the Beara Peninsula, for many years a spectacular ruin was rebuilt during the height of the Celtic Tiger madness. It was intended that the castle would become a luxury 100-bedroom hotel, but the 2007 economic collapse intervened before the project could be completed. Today the semi-restored castle remains as a monument to the boom and with a far from certain future.

More here: Castles in the Air – Irish Examiner

Postcard by W.Lawrence, Dublin.

Dunboy Before + After

Left to right: A view of the castle during its lengthy period as a ruin and a more recent picture of its reincarnation. I have cropped the view of the ghastly, obligatory additional accommodation block!

The castle as it is presently constituted incorporates the fabric of an earlier house on the site dating from the 1740s, an extensive rebuild in the 1860s for Henry Lavallin-Puxley and, of course, the €50 million (!)) rebuild during the early noughties.

The castle was burnt by the IRA during the Troubles in June 1921 and the Puxley family took what compensation was on offer and left the country.

Daphne du Maurier’s 1943 novel Hungry Hill was based on the lives of the Puxley family of Dunboy Castle, their wealth generated from copper mining at nearby Allihies and the curse put on the family. Though the characters and placenames have been changed there’s no doubting where the inspiration for the novel came. In 1947 ‘Hungry Hill’ was made into a now long forgotten feature film by Brian Desmond Hurst starring Margaret Lockwood, Denis Price and Jean Simmons.

Hungry Hill poster

Another interesting piece about the early history and legends surrounding the castle:


Posted in Hotel, Jotter

Jotter still on the menu!

COPY Grand Hotel Malahide JOTTER FRONT

COPY Ross Victoria Hotel JOTTER

A couple of more Arthur Burkart & Co. hotel cards by “Jotter” popped up on eBay last week, but as luck would have it I wasn’t the only person to spot them. In the end I let the top one – “The Grand Hotel, Malahide” go to another bidder for $29 while I picked up the more interesting one – “Ross’ Victoria Hotel, Kingstown” for $19 incl.p+p. I had hoped to pick the two of them up for that price in total! However, I’m still happy as both cards are new to me and I now know to look out for the Grand Hotel one.

10/11/2016 – Patience rewarded and I picked up a nice clean copy of the Grand Hotel card on eBay for just £6.84.