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8| HISTORY September 2013

down the decades

Stars shine at the Glenview Hotel

The Glenview Hotel and Elizabeth Taylor who visited the hotel on many occasions

The Glenview Hotel has come up with a unique way of celebrating its 100th anniversary by bringing out a commemorative book in 2014 to celebrate its heritage. The hotel, which has seen many past Hollywood icons and legends pass through its doors, has teamed up with IMAGE magazine’s Tina Koumarinos, who lives in Wicklow, to bring out Glenview Memories. Due to its proximity to Ardmore Studios, many stars have dropped into The Glenview Hotel down through the years including such legends as Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Fred Astaire, Orson Wells, John Huston and David Niven. The Glenview Hotel dates back to 1914 when it originally opened as a cottage, hunting lodge and guesthouse with five bedrooms and was part of the Powerscourt Estate. Tina and Glenview Hotel General Manager Brian McNamara are now calling for people to share their stories and photographs of their happy times at The Glenview Hotel over the years. Whether you got married there, had your communion, met Hollywood royalty while visiting, or your own special Glenview memories, the Hotel would love to hear from you. Those who share their memories will be entered into a special competition to win a weekend for two at The Glenview during the weekend of the Centenary Celebrations on 14 March 2014. Anyone interested in taking part can email or post photos and stories to Glenview Memories, The Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs, County Wicklow.

The Bray Droleens in action

All photos will be returned.

Sail of the century

A group of maritime enthusiasts have come together to resurrect a fleet of boats which once sailed off Bray at the end of the 1800’s. Spearheaded by Paul Finnegan of Barracuda Restaurant, the group is building a fleet of Bray Droleens in collaboration with community and business organisations at The Bray Design Centre (Opposite Entrance to The Royal Hotel). The group would love to hear from anyone with information on the original boats or their owners and can email It is hoped that a fleet of six will be available to community groups, businesses and visitors for sailing, fishing, rowing and racing on Bray’s waterfront, adding an additional experience to Bray’s seafront. The “Droleens” are a one design dinghy class of boats of the then Bray Sailing Club adopted in the year 1897 and then consisted of eight boats. The boats were original designed by Mr W. Ogilvy of Dublin and Bray, who was a member of the Bray Sailing Club. It is thought that the boats disappeared due to the majority of their owners not returning from the Boer War while the boats themselves were destroyed by storms.

Romantic Ireland’s dead and gone – September 1913, WB Yeats

The State Commemoration of the 1913 Lockout took place in Dublin on August 31 as it was exactly 100 years after police

attacked crowds at the start of Ireland’s largest-ever industrial dispute. On that day the Royal Irish Constabulary baton-charged crowds on Sackville Street now O’Connell Street - in what became known as Bloody Sunday. Four died and over 300 were injured in related violence and the dispute involved 20,000 workers and their families. While the Lockout mainly affected Dublin, Bray also featured in the dispute, which is often portrayed in black and white terms between the forces of capitalism and socialism – you were either on the side of the workers looking for trade union recognition or you were on the side of business and profit. However as in most things, it was not that simple. One employer, Edward Lee was the owner of a chain of drapery shops, including one in Bray. Mr Lee disagreed with the tactics of the employers and said so: “The employers should withdraw the pledge requiring their employees to cease to belong to the Transport Workers’ Union. “To my way of thinking such a pledge is an unfair interference with the personal liberty of the worker”. Meanwhile on October 15, 1913, a fierce battle ensued at Bray Harbour as police battled strikers in trying to protect coal imported by Heiton and Company.

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