Collection: Our Own Place Photographic Project >> Dooley's Hotel, Emmet Sq., Birr. [graphic]
Dooley's Hotel, Emmet Sq., Birr.
|Main Creator:||Gesparo, Michael photographer|
The hotel is one of the oldest in the country and it dates back to about 1747. In 1809, the Galway hunt- ball was held there. In the midst of the feasting and merry-making, and probably as a result of it, the hotel caught fire. The hunt's party were promptly dubbed the Galway Blazers and the hunt has been known by that name to the present day. One of the reception rooms is also called The Blazers, while another section of the hotel is called Melba's after Dame Nellie Melba, the famous opera singer, who sang there. The new owner of the hotel has had it beautifully rennovated and its Georgian character has been carefully retained in keeping with the Georgian heritage of the town of Birr. Despite the fact that it has had a few owners, it has kept the name Dooley down the years. It is a Grade A hotel.
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23 September 1993
Project sponsored by RTÉ and Fuji Photo Film (Ireland) Ltd.
Film number: 3A ; frame number: 25
Birr Historical Society
Photograph taken at 15:28, 23 Sep 1993.
Physical description: 1 photograph ; 15 x 10cm.
Geographic Coverage: Birr, Co. Offaly, Province of Leinster, Ireland.
|Contained in:||Our Own Place Photographic Project|
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|OOP_3A/25||NPA Reading Room - Appt. only||Photos|
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