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Carrick-a-Rede Hotel, Ballintoy, Co.Antrim
Early self-published (?) card.
The Old Ground Hotel, Ennis, Co.Clare
An Ennis institution still operating today. This view by W. Lawrence dates from the early 20th century. The building originally a private dwelling dates from the early 18th century and only became an hotel c.1895. A more detailed history here.
Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa, Co.Cork
A relatively modern card, postally used 1999, and complete with website details on the back, shows that the era of postcards may not have ended just yet.
The Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran, Co.Donegal
A bleak inhospitable spot but it’s where the Great Northern Railway branch line from Enniskillen terminated. The railway operated from 1868-1957 but the hotel outlived it and still operates today. The present building is a replacement for the original which was destroyed by fire.
This Valentine’s card doesn’t exactly make you want to rush and pack your suitcase – does it? By contrast, the poster below by Margaret Horder (1903-1978) paints a more enticing proposition altogether!
Glen Bay Hotel, Glencolmcille, Co.Donegal
Hotel from another era with a couple of classic cars and look at the telephone number!
Published by Kennelly of Tralee.
The Crawfordsburn Inn, Co.Down
An attractive card postally used in 1906. No publisher.
The Great Northern Hotel, Rostrevor, Co.Down
An attractive and scarce card in poor condition offered on eBay recently, but it was too far gone for my liking.
The Gresham Hotel, O’Connell Street, Dublin
No publisher indicated – probably the Hotel itself – and I can’t make out the artist’s name. A really fine early 1950’s (?) card of this oasis on Dublin’s northside.
The Imperial Hotel, Sackville Street, Dublin
Less fortunate than the Royal Hotel in Valencia, the Imperial Hotel found itself right at the epicentre of the Easter Rising in 1916 and suffered the consequences as these before and after views show.
Sadly this once iconic South City hotel closed in 2010 and was converted to student accommodation for the nearby University in 2014. This 1970s was published by John Hinde Ltd.
The Parknasilla Great Southern Hotel
Card published by the Great Southern Railways (1925-45).
The Royal Hotel, Valencia, Co.Kerry
Postally used in 1914, from a time when the hotel had no problem nailing their colours firmly to the mast! Surprisingly, despite being in the heart of Republican country the Royal Hotel survived ‘the troubles’ and is still in business today albeit without the flags.
Mount Brandon Hotel, Tralee, Co.Kerry
More 1960s ‘hospital‘ architecture in this RP card.
Strand Hotel, Portstewart
An early card advertising all the comforts of an hotel bedroom in the days before ensuites and flat screen televisions!
The Dalton Inn, Claremorris, Co.Mayo
A 1970s card – presumably – and it would do little to attract the prospective customer. The 1970s, the decade that taste forgot. Still trading today – as the Dalton Hotel – it has an improved external appearance but the Tripadvisor reviews would not inspire confidence.
Leslie Arms Hotel, Ballybay, Co.Monaghan
An early card.
The Anner Hotel, Thurles, Co.Tipperary
Silk purse and sow’s ear come to mind with this card. A building of zero architectural merit in a poorly framed view would do nothing to encourage me to make a reservation! A 1970’s (?) card published by the Mount Salus Press, Dublin.
Talbot Hotel, Wexford
An official postcard printed by the Carmel Press Ltd., Dublin. Hard to date but possible 1950s – the hotel still occupies the same site but has been massively enlarged.
The Woodenbridge Hotel, Woodenbridge, Co.Wicklow
There has been an hotel on this site for over 400 years. The hotel overlooks the confluence of the Avonmore, Avoca and Goldmine rivers and the bridge from where its name derives. Woodenbridge was once a railway junction on the Dublin/Wexford line but the train no longer stops here.
I have happy memories of Sunday lunches in the hotel back in the 1970s when it was known as “The Woodenbridge Inn”. This card is from the Signal Series published by Eason & Son.
The Shelton Abbey Hotel, Arklow, Co.Wicklow
A shortlived venture (1947/51) run by the 8th Earl of Wicklow in an attempt to keep the Shelton Abbey estate as a going concern. However, death duties forced the sale of the estate in 1951 and the magnificent house has been an Open Prison for decades.
Published for the hotel by Ashe Studios Ltd., Dublin.