A History of Fine
The hotel has its roots as a grand haven of relaxation and luxury for the gentry of the 1930s. In those days, there would be an exodus from town and visitors would arrive by boat, train and jaunting car to take the sea air on their annual holiday.
As well as the Irish, many visitors came from England and American – one of the most prominent being actress Maureen O’Hara and her husband Captain Charles Blair who flew the first flying boat into Foynes Harbour on the Shannon. Seated in the hotel’s beautiful dining room, looking out onto the Cliffs and beyond, it’s easy to imagine visitors from this grand era, dressed in their finery and feasting on traditional home-cooked treats: