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Management team of the Glenview Hotel

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A letter from the Glenview Hotel owner

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he Crean family, proprietors of the Glenview Hotel & Leisure Club since 2006, are delighted to welcome you.

The family is proud that the business has been at the centre of hospitality for 100 years. Throughout this time the Staff have provided excellent service to the highest standard with pride, making each guest’s visit a truly memorable experience. On behalf of the Crean family we would like to take this opportunity to wish you a pleasant stay and thank you for your continued patronage. We look forward to welcoming

ACKNOWLED GEMENTS

you back to the Glenview for many more years to come.

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Norman Colin & The Kilmacanogue Historical Society Brian Donnelly, National Archives ROC Design for aerial photography and booklet design Guests of the Glenview Hotel Powerscourt Estate Kilruddery House & Gardens Wicklow Tourism Rachel Ryan & Staff of the Glenview Hotel Past and Present Vivienne Nyhan, Sales & Marketing Manager Brian McNamara, General Manager Tina Koumarianos author of the book.

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Over a century of memories in the Glen of the Downs

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Contents 1. History of the Glen of the Downs Area

A Towering Glen of Highwaymen and Eco Warriors.

2. Famous Glen of the Downs Families

Valley of Viscounts, Huguenots, Barons & Earls.

3. Great Wicklow Film Locations

The Hollywood of Europe; Sally Gap, Rathdrum and the Wicklow Mountains.

4. Film Star visits

Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Angela Lansbury and Katharine Hepburn.

5. Celebrities over the years

Seve Ballesteros, Maeve Binchy, Bob Geldof, John Boorman to name but a few.

6. Guests

Iris Sherwood, Eileen & Trevor Deegan, Geraldine & Michael Moore, Mrs Veltrom and Pauline & Timothy Malcom.

7. Glenview Staff

Peter Vaughan, George Brady, Billy Burke and Larry O’Toole share their experiences over the decades.

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A History of the Glen of the Downs location

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GLEN OF THE DOWNS 1842

Perched high above the valley floor, with the Great Sugar Loaf Mountain as its backdrop and the lesser Little Sugar Loaf Hill hiding the sea to the front, the Glenview Hotel has guarded the gateway to the Garden of Ireland for well over a hundred years. Situated in The Glen of the Downs or Gleann dá Ghrua, which in Gaelic means “The Valley of the Two Brows”, it’s a wooded glacial valley two km long with steep sides rising to 250m. In coaching days this was a favorite ambush area for Highwaymen and travellers to and from the city and surrounding areas would enter the valley at their peril! | Page 6 |


THE ECO WARRIORS

This woodland again became a place of “ambush” for some considerable time in the early 2000’s. Taken over by protesters calling themselves ‘The Eco Warriors’, they lived in makeshift houses in the trees in an effort to block the felling of forestry needed to enable the widening of the road below the hotel that is now the N11. Later the woodland became a special area of conservation and a designated nature reserve lush with oak, cherry, rowan and ash trees. The Three Trout’s river which is actually just a stream, meanders through the southern end of the Glen before entering the sea south of the seaside town of Greystones.

THE THREE TROUTS RIVER

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The Glenview Hotel One of the first references to the Glenview as a hotel appears in an advertisement, featured in The Irish Times, dated October 5th 1910. In it, a Mrs Sutton wrote ‘Wanted, a good, strong country girl as general servant. No washing, must wait at table and make herself generally useful; nice appearance and must be well recommended. Apply stating age, experience and copies of testimonials to Mrs Sutton, Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs, Delgany’.

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Over the years there have been several mentions of the hotel in The Irish Times including, on December 6th 1924, reference to a gentleman who had stolen a retriever dog, property of the owner of the Glenview Hotel. In the local court he was fined £5 and £1, as the dog was valued at £20!

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Tour de France 1998 passing the Glenview Hotel

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Major International Motorcycle Trials Riding in the field below The Glenview

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Important families who resided near the Glen of the Downs

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MONCK FAMILY

7 TH VISCOUNT POWERSCOURT

LA TOUCHE FAMILY

BRABAZON FAMILY

POWERSCOURT HOUSE

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JOHN FERAR COINS


CHARLEVILLE DEMENSE ENNISKERRY

The Monck family In 1705 the Monck family commissioned the building of the magnificent Charleville House some five minutes from the nearby village of Enniskerry. In 1792 a fire destroyed the original building and the present house was not finished until 1830 due to the unrest of the famous 1798 rebellion. Their grandson was made Baron and later Viscount Monck and the Earldom of Rathdown was bestowed upon the family in 1822. In 1860 Charles Stanley Monck, 4th Viscount Monck GCMG PC was the last Governor-General of the Province of Canada and the first Governor General of Canada after Canadian Confederation. Sir George Hodgson owned the land the Glenview Hotel is built upon (the occupier at the time was Walter Lindsey) and it is thought the land was later sold to Lord Powerscourt where he built his hunting lodge overlooking the valley. The house was then known as Glen Cottage which later became The Glenview Hotel. The Monck family finally left Charleville on the death of Edith, Viscountess Monck in 1929. | Page 17 |


The La Touche Family Meanwhile, across the valley facing the hotel the La Touche family settled in Ireland as Huguenot refugees and in 1754, David La Touche, a wealthy banker from Dublin, began work on Bellevue House.

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This was a beautiful 18th century country house set in 300 acres. High in the woods the family built an Octagon for picnics, complete with a panther on springs, which would leap out at unsuspecting guests on their arrival! Halfway up the hill the ruins of the Octagon are still visible today although sadly, the house itself fell into decay and was pulled down in the early 1950’s. Following the demolition of Bellevue, the land was taken over by the Forestry Division of the Department of Lands and is now open to the public with pathways to the top of the hill from where there are magnificent views of the Irish Sea and surrounding countryside. | Page 18 |


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The Kilruddery Demesne

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Some 10 minutes drive from the Glenview Hotel further North towards Bray, is the beautiful and tranquil Kilruddery Demesne. In 1534, King Henry VIII of England commanded Sir William Brabazon of Leicester to go to Ireland to serve as Vice-Treasurer. Sir William’s grandson Edward was made the 1st Baron of Ardee and, when he passed away aged 76 in 1625 his son William, who was by then 45 years old succeeded him as 2nd Baron. In 1627, William was created the 1st Earl of Meath. The 2nd Earl of Meath built a house at Killruddery to replace the house that had burned down six years earlier and this is the beautiful house that is still standing today. The gardens are of outstanding importance as they are among the very few remaining 17th Century gardens in these islands. These gardens were used for the entertainment of a large number of guests and therefore the scale is comparable to that of a park. With its twin rectangular lakes and ponds featuring, part of the famous television series ‘The Tudors’ starring Jonathan Rhys Myers was shot at Killruddery. The gardens are still used today for the Kilruddery Film Festival and many music artists including Bryan Ferry, Paloma Faith and David Gray have appeared in the naturally occurring Amphi Theatre in the grounds. Killruddery is a living, working house, gardens, cafe and farm, which is open to the public throughout the year. It has been home to 16 generations of the Brabazon family and the family still live there to this day.

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Powerscourt House and Gardens

7th Viscount Powerscourt 1836 - 1904

View of Powerscourt by George Barret c. 1760

1st Viscount Sir Richard Wingfield 1697 - 1751

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ust 5km from the hotel lies the fabulous Powerscourt Estate. In 2014 Powerscourt Gardens were voted third best garden in the world by National Geographic Magazine - high praise indeed! In the 13th century, a medieval castle owned by the Le Poer family stood where the main Palladian mansion stands today and over time numerous battles by powerful Irish families ensued, each trying to take possession of the castle. But in 1603, for his military achievements in battle, Richard Wingfield was granted Powerscourt Castle and it’s 40,000 acre estate by Queen Elizabeth 1st of England. When asked by the Queen “Well Sir Richard, what is to be your reward?” He bowed and said, “The scarf that your Majesty wears will be sufficient reward”. The Queen presented him with the scarf, knighted him, appointed him ‘Marshall of Ireland’ and bestowed Powerscourt and all it’s lands upon him. Sometimes it pays to be

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humble! His descendants were to remain at Powerscourt for over 350 years until, in 1961 the Slazenger family bought the estate from the 9th Viscount Powerscourt.

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FA M O U S

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in County Wicklow

Glendalough

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ithin half an hours drive of the hotel lies the second most visited tourist destination in Ireland, Glendalough, meaning Glen of the Two Lakes.

A glacial valley situated in the Wicklow Mountains National Park, it is a truly magical place with steep forested mountains climbing skywards reflected in the two large black lakes below. Summer or winter, it is a must for visitors to the Glenview with beautiful walks for all ages through one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland founded by St Kevin, a hermit priest, dating back to the 6th century. Complete with a very well preserved round tower 30

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metres high, a cathedral dating from the 12th century and the ruins of several small churches and a well preserved graveyard, stroll down rambling paths, climb positively sheer mountain side past tumbling waterfalls, all mapped out on pamphlets available at the tourist office in the lower car park. As you meander down the coast from the City of Dublin situated on route to Wicklow are the seaside towns of Bray and Greystones. Inland from these is Roundwood village said to be the highest village in Ireland. All our bustling towns are easily accessible from the Glenview Hotel. In County Wicklow you will find a unique blend of classic country houses in large well-tended estates characterised by lovely gardens rambling parkland and wild countryside. Known as the Garden of Ireland, County Wicklow is one of Ireland’s true scenic treasures with its magnificent mountains, tumbling waterfalls and dramatic lakes. The wild Wicklow Mountains, flanked on both side by rolling hills, are breathtakingly rugged yet accessible at the same time, at only 20 kilometers from Dublin. West Wicklow is still predominantly agricultural with traditional farmsteads and scattered with archaeological sites. The landscape around the Blessington Lakes and the Glen of Imaal is very similar to West Ireland with narrow roads winding their way past cottages and endless stonewalls.

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FA M O U S

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POWERSCOURT GARDENS

BLUE MAX

THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD

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OF HUMAN BONDAGE

EXCALIBER

BRAVEHEART

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hrough the years, almost since the very beginning of movie making, Wicklow with it’s wild beauty and close proximity to Dublin City has attracted famous filmmakers and stars alike, many of whom made the Glenview Hotel their home whilst filming. They were captivated by the county’s stunning scenery, it’s diverse landscapes ranging from glittering golden coastlines with long sandy beaches and hidden coves to endless unspoilt wild mountain settings with forests and sparkling lakes. Known throughout the world as “The Hollywood of Europe”, this natural treasure has secret surprises around every corner. Hidden between the hills and mountains are traditional and picturesque villages such as Enniskerry with it’s pretty Alpine ENNISKERRY VILLAGE feel and, nestling on its edge, the stunning Powerscourt Estate with it’s fabulous manicured gardens, intricate terraces, Triton lake, Dolphin Pond, Pet’s Cemetery and the highest waterfall in Ireland! The Sugarloaf POWERSCOURT GARDENS Mountain is clearly visible from this most majestic of Palladian villas. Many filmmakers

DOLPHIN POND POWERSCOURT

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There are two state of the art film studios based in Co Wicklow not far from the hotel. The longest running is Ardmore Studios in Bray, Ireland’s only four-wall studio which opened its doors for business in 1958. Over the years many famous films have been shot in Ardmore including Braveheart, Veronica Guerin, Angela’s Ashes, The Blue Max, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, The Lion in Winter, Of Human Bondage and Breakfast on Pluto to name but a few. The sumptuous television series The Tudors starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Henry Cavill and the 2014 Sky Atlantic series Penny Dreadful starring Josh Hartnett and Eva Green were also filmed here. At a cost of €22 million, the more recently opened Ashford Film Studios in Co Wicklow is just 40 kilometers from the city centre and just | Page 28 |


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15 minutes from the Glenview Hotel. It boasts 3 state of the art studio stages and is probably most famous for the epic television series The Vikings, a 10 part series made for The History Channel. If you have transport while staying at the Glenview, there are various Film Drives around the county that are well worth exploring including Excalibur Drive, which is 24 miles / 68km long. 
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ichael Collins Drive starts in Wicklow Town and covers 44 miles / 72km through Glenealy and Rathdrum, which is known as the film capital of Ireland! Nearby lies the village of Avoca, home of Ballykissangel! Braveheart Drive, which is approximately 50 miles / 80km long and centered on the west side of the Wicklow Mountains, covers the Sally Gap and the Kippure Estate, which was used extensively in the filming of Braveheart starring Mel Gibson and, for the scene in which the French princess meets William Wallace, a small cottage was created and the remnants are still visible today.

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AVOCA - BALLYKISSANGEL

EXCALIBER

KING ARTHUR

ROAD TO LUGHNASA

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WICKLOW WAY

EXCALIBUR

Many other films shot in the county include Dancing at Lughnasa filmed in Hollywood, Co Wicklow. The film set brought Meryl Streep and Michael Gambon to the local pub in Hollywood for some of the filming.

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Hollywood Glen was featured in scenes from the film King Arthur. It was on the nearby Sally Gap road, in this isolated landscape that the settings for parts of films such as The General, PS I Love You, Reign of Fire and Veronica Guerin were located. Local film director John Boorman shot his epic film Excalibur staring Helen Mirren, Gabriel Byrne and Liam Neeson in the Wicklow mountains. All the forest scenes shown in the film are just a mile from the Director’s own home and the characters Igrayne, The Lady of the Lake, and young Mordred were all played by his real-life children: Katrine, Telsche and Charley Boorman. So, if time allows during your stay at the Glenview, why not take a leisurely drive and relive the scenery that took your breath away on the silver screen. | Page 32 |


The Blue Max - 1966 Ursula Andress and George

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

Peppard Iona Airways featured

Richard Burton & Claire

in the stunt flying sequences.

Bloom 1963 & 1964.

The Lion In Winter

Of Human Bondage

Katharine Hepburn,

Kim Novak and Laurence Harvey.

Peter O’Toole and David Hemmings.

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who visited the Glenview Co Wicklow With its close proximity to Ardmore Studios, the Glenview Hotel with its tranquil setting and lush green countryside was the perfect oasis for film stars at the end of a busy days shoot. THE GLENVIEW HOTEL

KATHARINE HEPBURN

Amongst those particularly noted in the memories of the hotel, Katharine Hepburn who, during the filming of The Lion In Winter at Ardmore Studios, spent all her rest time in her hotel room enjoying room service and rarely venturing out. Staff at the hotel at that time also remember her co-star Peter O’Toole who went missing

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rather a lot of the time!

ARDMORE STUDIOS

The Blue Max filmed in 1966 at Ardmore Studios and surrounding countryside saw many of its stars as regular visitors to the hotel during filming. The beautiful Ursula Andress, George Peppard and James Mason starred in the leading roles and James Mason stayed at the hotel during filming. It told the story of a young German Pilot in 1918, his rise to fame and subsequent downfall – literally.

PETER O’TOOLE

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Pilots from the local flying club, Iona Airways at Cloughran, Co Dublin did many of the stunt flying sequences and, just down the road from the hotel in Newtownmountkennedy a wooden bi-plane was set up on a swinging jib and was filmed from three different angles for the various crash scenes - much to the delight of the locals. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold was released in 1965 and starred Richard Burton & Claire Bloom who had been former lovers so it was no surprise when Elizabeth Taylor decided to accompany her husband on his trip to Ireland! The film was based on a novel by John Le CarrĂŠ released two years earlier and many fans of Elizabeth Taylor gathered when she arrived in Ireland accompanied by her rather large entourage which included her white Rolls Royce complete with French Chauffeur, 17 strong household staff, hairdressers and tutors for their children from their various marriages!

GEORGE PEPPARD

URSULA ANDRESS

JAMES MASON

RICHARD BURTON

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They were often seen dining in the restaurant at Burton’s favourite table number 10 in the hotel’s old restaurant and his favourite tipple… many glasses of Scotch with ice! ELIZABETH TAYLOR

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KIM NOVAK

The 1964 film Of Human Bondage starred Kim Novak, Laurence Harvey and Robert Morley. These famous stars made the Glenview their regular haunt while filming at Ardmore and three to four bottles of Chablis chilled on ice would accompany lunch every day. Producer John Quested, who stayed at the hotel during filming, very kindly arranged for the staff of the hotel to go across to Ardmore to see the night shooting.

LAURENCE HARVEY

In 1969 the adventure film Sinful Davey directed by John Huston and starring John Hurt in the leading role with Pamela Franklin and Nigel Davenport co-starring told the story of a Scottish scoundrel. The film crew recreated an old English courtyard not far from the hotel and, during a night of merriment, one of the lads from the

ROBERT MORLEY

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...who visited the Glenview in Co Wicklow... hotel took a Highwayman’s hat from the film set which caused great confusion at the following days shoot. Other famous stars that passed through the Glenview’s doors include: Dame Angela Lansbury

JOHN HUSTON

Brenda Fricker Rod Steiger Claire Bloom Robert Morley Donal McCann JOHN HURT

John Huston In each case, when a production wrapped, the studio would hold film party nights and would take over the whole of the Glenview Hotel and party till dawn.

CLAIRE BLOOM

ROD STEIGER

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ANGELA LANSBURY

BRENDA FRICKER


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who visited the Glenview Co Wicklow Micheál MacLiammóir - always sat at table 24 and his order ‘My Dear Boy, a half bottle of Nuit St George’s’ and his partner Hilton Edwards would order a half bottle of something else. MICHEÁL MacLIAMMÓIR

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CHARLES HAUGHEY

HARRY ANDREWS

Regular guests were Cyril Cusack, Noel Purcell and Angela Lansbury. Other well-known celebrities who have enjoyed the Glenview’s home away from home atmosphere were the late Seve Ballesteros, Sam Torrence and Ian Woosnam. Singer Sinead O’Connor’s children attended the crèche at the Glenview. Irish actress Brenda Fricker has also been spotted in the hotel. Ms Fricker was the first Irish actress to win an Oscar for best supporting actress in the film My Left Foot starring Daniel Day Lewis. She has starred in more than 30 film and television roles including Home Alone 2, Veronica Guerin, The Field, The Ballroom of Romance and Albert Nobbs.

CYRIL CUSACK

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Another famous lady loved the world over, was novelist Maeve Binchy who sadly passed away in 2012. She visited the Glenview many times over the years as she was born and lived most of her life in the village of Dalkey not too far from the hotel. She will be forever remembered for her books which are enjoyed the world over and translated into 37 different languages. Her books have sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, outselling other great Irish authors such as Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and Seamus Heaney. Some of her stories were adapted for the silver screen. Paul David Hewson, more commonly known as singer-songwriter Bono from the rock band U2, lives nearby on Killiney Bay overlooking the Wicklow Mountains. When last seen at the Glenview, he was attending his nephew’s Confirmation celebrations.

SEVE BALLESTEROS

SINEAD O’CONNOR

MAEVE BINCHY

BONO

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PAT McQUAID

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WARREN GATLAND

RONAN O’GARA

Pat McQuaid, one time Irish professional road-racing cyclist from 1966-82, he won the Tour of Ireland in 1975. McQuaid was former president of the Union Cycliste Internationale and stayed at the Glenview while he was president of the Irish Cycling Federation from 1996-1999. He and a number of the Tour de France team stayed at the hotel at that time. The Glenview staff looked forward to welcoming the Irish Rugby Team when they stayed at the hotel each season. Amongst the famous players who enjoyed the restful atmosphere were Ronan O’Gara, Brian O’Driscoll and their manager Warren Gatland. The team were very well looked after and it was most important that they had their dietary needs catered for by the very well trained kitchen staff. A few of the team were so taken with the surroundings that they held their wedding receptions at the Glenview Hotel! Football enthusiasts may be interested to know the Newcastle Football Team stayed

BRIAN O’DRISCOLL

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at the hotel during one of their visits to Ireland. Some famous Irish Political figures that wined and dined at the Glenview Hotel included Frank Aiken, originally born in the UK he became a commander in the Irish Republican Army and a member of Sinn Féin but later became a founding member of Fianna Fáil party. Former Taoiseach Charles Haughey was a regular dinner guest at the Glenview Hotel. Another politician to frequently visit the Glenview was Sean Lemass. One of the most prominent Irish Politicians of the 20th century; he served as Taoiseach from 1959 until 1966. As Minister for Industry and Commerce he would often bring foreign dignitaries to lunch or dinner at the Glenview where they not only enjoyed the delights of the dining room but the beauty of the Glen below! Mrs Lemass and Mrs Margaret McEntee, both wives of important Fianna Fáil politicians enjoyed lunching together at the hotel. | Page 41 |

NEWCASTLE UNITED

FRANK AIKEN

SEAN LEMASS


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CYRIL CUSACK

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SINEAD CUSACK

The actor Cyril Cusack who lived in Dalkey, Co Dublin whose films include the John le CarrÊ film The Spy Who Came in From the Cold with Richard Burton. He also played Grumio opposite Burton and Taylor in The Taming of the Shrew and Lord Castlewelland in My Left Foot with Daniel Day Lewis and Brenda Fricker. Cusack acted in over 40 films and also had many television appearances. His daughter Sinead Cusack followed in her father’s footsteps as an actress and is married to actor Jeremy Irons. Noel Purcell was another Irish actor who frequented the Glenview Hotel. He starred opposite Marlon Brando in Mutiny on the Bounty and with Gregory Peck in the film Moby Dick.

NOEL PURCELL

The celebrated film director John Boorman lives in the Wicklow hills behind the Glenview and can often be seen lunching at the hotel. His famous film Deliverance, produced and directed by Boorman, is widely acclaimed as a landmark picture

JOHN BOORMAN

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to this day. Another of his many films Excalibur, was directed, produced and co-written by him and featured a large cast including Helen Mirren and Liam Neeson. The film was responsible for launching the careers of Gabriel Byrne, Neil Jordan and Liam Neeson. He also directed the hugely popular crime film The General starring Brendan Gleeson as Dublin crime boss Martin Cahill.

THE GENERAL - BRENDAN GLEESON

Bob Geldof Robert Frederick Zenon Geldof, more commonly known as Bob Geldof was born some 20 minutes drive from the Glenview Hotel in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. He rose to fame as the lead singer with The Boomtown Rats in the 70’s, but was most famously known world wide for his amazing charity work with Band Aid when, in 1984, he brought together all the best known bands of that time to perform ‘Do They Know it’s Christmas’, one of the top selling singles ever released. The following year, he was behind Live Aid with concerts

BOB GELDOF

BOOMTOWN RATS

BAND AID

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who visited the Glenview Co Wicklow across the world that also raised muchneeded funds for the same cause. Queen Elizabeth II granted him an honorary Knighthood for his anti-poverty work in Africa. Since his childhood he has been a visitor to the Glenview Hotel. Micheal MacLiammóir and Hilton Edwards

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SIR BOB GELDOF

MICHEAL MacLIAMMÓIR

In 1928 Micheal MacLiammóir and his partner Hilton Edwards opened the famous Gate Theatre at the top of O’ Connell Street in Dublin City centre. The theatre was famous for European and American plays when it opened and is still enjoyed by thousands of theatregoers to this day.

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The Kennedy Family In June 1963 President John F. Kennedy and his family visited his cousins at the family homestead in Dunganstown, Co Wexford. The homestead had remained in the family for five generations and still does to this day. Following President Kennedy’s death in 1963, the Kennedy Memorial Park was opened by the Irish President Eamon de Valera to honour President Kennedy and his achievements. Some of the President’s family travelled from the U.S. to Dunganstown, Co Wexford in 1968 for the official opening of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park and on route, arrived at the Glenview for a luncheon that was held in the annex at the far end of the dining room – this was truly a red-letter day in the hotel’s history.

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Lady Athena McAlpine

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When Athena Malpas was just a little girl of three years old, her family returned home on holiday from London to stay with her grandmother who lived in Foxrock. On each trip home, a favourite outing was their visit to The Glenview Hotel for Sunday lunch and it was on one such occasion, with the grown ups distracted busy choosing from the menu, little Athena decided to go exploring to see what treasures the other tables might hold! A short time later she returned triumphant holding a very beautiful bright red handbag. Naturally her mother was horrified and immediately proceeded down the restaurant, red handbag held high, enquiring as to who the owner might be. A very charming lady, who hadn’t even noticed it was missing, immediately reclaimed it. This was just the start of Athena’s love of excitement as some years later, she found herself interning for Margaret Thatcher in London. It was while Athena was in her employ, that she was asked to look after Mrs Thatcher’s Christmas shopping list and, amongst the gifts, a tie for Lord Alistair McAlpine of West Green who was the treasurer and a major

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fundraiser for the Conservative Party under Mrs Thatcher. McAlpine was part of the famous McAlpine construction family after which the ballad ‘McAlpine’s Fusiliers’ was written. Athena and Alistair met again over the next few years through their mutual interest in politics when both became involved in James Goldsmith’s Referendum Party. Lord McAlpine became Referendum Party Leader on Goldsmith’s death in 1997 but it was not until some years later they became romantically involved and married in Paris in 2002. Shortly afterwards, the couple decided to renovate the tranquil 14th-century monastery, Il Convento di Santa Maria di Costantinopoli in Puglia, Southern Italy. They turned what was basically a ruin into a very stylish bohemian style bed-and-breakfast packed full of amazing treasures from Athena and Alistair’s adventures across the world and many that he had collected over the years before he met Athena. So unusual was the convent and it’s beautiful owner that Vogue Magazine commissioned an eight page spread in June 2005. Sadly, in January 2014, Lord McAlpine passed away at his beloved convent with Lady McAlpine by his side. Athena still carries on the dayto-day running of the hotel where many famous guests escape the bustle of the busy outside world within its tranquil walls.

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home for a week where she showed him the beauty of the local area, Dalkey, the Wicklow Mountains and surrounding countryside.

The Hitchhiker

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An airmail letter arrived at a house in Dublin from a friend in New Zealand enquiring whether there might be room to put up a young hitchhiker who was on route through Europe to Ireland. Mrs K as she was known to her friends, (she had had a very long surname so most people just shortened it to the first letter ‘K’) said she would be happy to look after the young man and to show him around before he travelled South to Cork and on to Galway. Two weeks later he arrived in Killiney and stayed at the lady’s

When the time came for him to continue with his travels, Mrs K made him up a sign with ‘Cork’ written on it and took him to the main Dublin, Wexford road at the Glen of the Downs just below the hotel. Before leaving him on the side of the road going south, she drove him up to the car park of the Glenview to see the beautiful view of the valley below. On returning home, she confided to her daughter that she hadn’t taken him into the hotel as he wasn’t suitably attired as he was wearing shorts and a tee shirt, dress codes were very different in those days! After two weeks sightseeing in the West of Ireland

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the young man returned for another stay in Killiney before returning home to New Zealand. He had enjoyed every moment of his trip and Mrs K was sorry to see him go. She dropped him to the boat to England and never expected to see him again.

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thanked her profusely but said he had managed to get a job on a film and the studio had put him up in the hotel up the road - he just wanted to pop in to say hello! They had a cup of tea in the kitchen and caught up on old friends in New Zealand and he left promising to drop in again if he ever came back Some years later on a Sunday to Ireland. Later that morning Mrs morning, Mrs K was lying in bed listening to the radio before getting K went to church and on the front ready for church. There was a ring page of the Sunday newspaper was a picture of Sam with the very well on the doorbell and when she known Irish author, Edna O’Brien. opened it in her dressing gown, The headline read, ‘Sam Neil stars a very handsome, well dressed in Edna O’Brien’s ‘The Country gentleman stood before her. She enquired if he needed help and he Girl’ ‘ which had been made into a replied, “Zita don’t you know me?” film! Sam went on to star in many more films including the hugely She said she was sorry but no, she popular Jurassic Park 1 & 3, The didn’t and he replied, ‘it’s Sam, Sam Neil, from New Zealand’! Oh, Horse Whisperer, The Piano and The Hunt for Red October with she said, ‘Sam I didn’t recognise Sean Connery to name but you, you look marvellous, do a few. you need a bed for the night’? He | Page 49 |


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The Greek Sea Captain

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Back in the 60’s, a handsome Greek sea captain returned home after his customary two years at sea. In those days two years travelling and six months leave was the norm for ocean-going captains on super tankers, sailing the world from such exotic destinations as Chile in South America to the Middle East and Japan. It is worth remembering that back in the 60’s there was no such thing as internet or television on board ships and when, after a long voyage the tanker put into port, there was a mountain of paperwork to be done so leisure time was at a minimum. On his return, the first port of

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call was a welcome home lunch at the Glenview Hotel. On the day in question, the Captain and his daughter were seated facing down the restaurant while his wife and son sat opposite. The family ordered lunch and after a while the Captain smiled and nodded to someone down the restaurant. Sometime later he smiled, did a little wave and nodded again. Wondering if he needed some assistance, his wife enquired if he was all right and whether he was trying to catch the eye of a waitress. ‘No thank you darling’ came the reply, ‘there is a lady waving and smiling at me and I recognise her, I think she is one of our neighbours from Killiney’. Immediately his wife turned around to see which neighbour it might be, only to find Elizabeth Taylor smiling and flirting with her husband!

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Pauline Malcolm Whilst holidaying in Ireland from their home in the UK, a noted Psychiatrist Timothy Malcolm, M.D. and his wife Pauline decided to visit the Glenview Hotel for lunch. They had heard about the hotel’s beautiful location and admiring the gardens later that afternoon, Pauline came across a shrub she had seen while on holiday in Italy, she had fallen in love with it’s wonderful foliage but had never been able to find the specimen back home in England.

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Deciding that since it was a rather large shrub a little cutting wouldn’t be noticed, the good doctor’s wife there and then committed Grand Theft Botanical! She was horrified when the Glenview gardener emerged from behind the shrub and, speechless with embarrassment she hurriedly tried to compose an excuse as to why she should be holding the cutting. Before she could speak, the gardener Peter Byrne handed her a much better specimen insisting that she should return in the autumn, the right time to take cuttings!

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hen Mrs Veltrom, who celebrated her 90th birthday at the Glenview in 2013 thinks back on her times at the hotel, happy memories come flooding back; the countless family dinners at the long table in the old restaurant, spring and summer breaks when everyone came home on holidays, Mother’s Day lunches when her grandchildren started arriving, candle-lit dinners for two and a huge family New Year’s Eve party when the last orders for Irish Coffees went on and on well into the New Year.

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The hotel was very different in the old days back in the last century before its expansion and refurbishment that is the Glenview of today. Also, in the old days, there were very few photographs before everyone had a mobile phone camera in their back pocket. Her first memory is in the dim and distant past - July 1950. It was her Wedding Reception - a rather modest affair by today’s standards but nevertheless filled with precious memories. When she looks back fondly at the group photograph alas, her family and friends are almost all gone. When in 2013 Mrs Veltrom started thinking about a suitable venue for her 90th birthday celebration, the Glenview immediately sprang to mind with its beautiful setting in the heart of the Glen of the Downs and all the wonderful memories down through the years - happy times she thought, where else?

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Iris Sherwood (nee Fox)

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hen Iris Fox was a child in 1936 she used to travel on the bus with her father from Ballsbridge to the Red Lane corner outside the Glenview entrance and up the lane to visit his family home, a farm called ‘Kilmurray’ which is still standing today. As the years went by Iris continued to visit the family farm. She remembers looking up the gravel drive to her left and seeing the Glenview Hotel at the top and she longed to visit but never managed to. It was Christmas week and Iris was 18 when she finally walked through the doors of the Glenview Hotel. A man, who later became her husband and three of his friends, took Iris to the Glenview for dinner. They arrived in drizzly rain to a lovely warm welcoming dining room with a blazing log fire and she can still remember the taste of the rack of lamb they dined on that evening. There were very few people in the dining room that night. In those days there were very few cars and the hotel was difficult to get to without transport. The owner at that time was Mr John McCarthy and he made them all feel so welcome. The whole evening was simply marvellous and Iris says it was and still is one of the most memorable nights of her life! In later years Iris, her husband and their sons would make a point of stopping off for lunch at the Glenview on their way to their mobile holiday home in Brittas Bay. Those days have gone and the boys have grown up but Iris is still a very frequent visitor to the hotel with her friends for lunch. | Page 54 |


G L E N V I E W / weddings & communions Trevor and Eileen Deegan

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revor Deegan visited the Glenview Hotel on business in early 2000. As he and his fiancée Eileen O’Rourke were making plans to marry that year he brought Eileen to the hotel to experience the friendly atmosphere, the helpful staff and the magical scenery overlooking the grounds and valley below. Eileen was so taken with the hotel on that first visit that she decided there and then to hold their wedding reception at the hotel the following August. The very beautiful grounds of the hotel and surrounding area made it the perfect setting for wedding photographs to cherish as the weather was absolutely perfect on their big day. The Wedding party dined on Asparagus Soup, Champagne Sorbet, a choice of Salmon or Beef as a main course followed by Assiete of Desserts. Two of the Deegan’s lovely children joined them on their big day; Savannah who is now 18 and Taylor 17 and since then, they have added to their family with Ashton who is 6. As Taylor has Downs Syndrome, they have found the Glenview the perfect place for the family to holiday as the staff are so caring and the hotel caters for all their needs. Because of the special care and attention shown to their family, the Deegans make a point of returning to the hotel and leisure centre twice a year.

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Geraldine Moore

Geraldine Moore met her husband Michael at a friend’s 21st party but they didn’t start dating until six years later. She lived in Mount Merrion and Michael in Wexford so the Glenview Hotel became part of the weekly backdrop to their visits to each other and when, a couple of years later Michael popped the question, they both agreed the obvious choice of venue for the wedding would have to be the Glenview, so perfect was the hotel that the couple didn’t even bother to look elsewhere. Geraldine didn’t want to get married in the City and it was the half way point for both families and friends – just perfect in every way!

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On their big day they married in Cabinteely Church only a short drive from the hotel and the couple and their 90 guests availed of the beautiful Glenview gardens and woodland for their wedding pictures. Geraldine remembers wonderful chocolate profiteroles for the wedding dessert, not only because they were delicious but because her veil was just the right length to dip into them each time she turned to talk at the top table and, as she turned back she would dispense the chocolate and cream on her new husband’s shirt. Never daunted, the Glenview staff leapt to their rescue and saved the day and the wedding outfits. After their wedding, the Glenview became the focus of many family celebrations the Moore family held including their daughter Rachel’s First Communion lunch when the party were most impressed to find a proper menu for the children with excellent choice and healthy options. They also loved the idea of being able to dine in the smaller Geraldine Moore’s daughters Communion private dining rooms where they could in the gardens of the Glenview play music and allow the children to enjoy themselves without interrupting other guests. The family made a very special day out by staying overnight at the hotel and Rachel enjoyed her Communion day so much that when asked where she would like to lunch for her Confirmation, without hesitation she picked the Glenview. | Page 57 |


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L-R Some of the staff from the 1960’s. Elizabeth Byrne nee Kenny (Dining room). Peter Vaughan (Wine waiter/General Assistant). Mary Breen nee Duffy (Dining room). Ann Masterson nee Kenny (House keeping). Margaret Fegan nee O Regan (Dining room).

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Peter Vaughan In 1959 at the age of 14, Peter Vaughan started working life as a trainee jockey under Ireland’s leading horse trainer of that time P.J. Prendergast. One day while out training shortly after joining the stables the horse he was riding bolted and galloped straight back home. Prendergast concluded Peter wasn’t strong enough to control the horses and suggested he come back to him after a year when he was older and stronger. So, | Page 58 |


after just three months, Peter’s life in the saddle was over but having made the break from school he decided to start working elsewhere and secured a post at the Central Hotel in Claremorris where he worked for a year. In late 1960 Peter saw an advertisement in the newspaper and joined the Glenview Hotel the week of his 15th birthday. He remembers walking up the avenue with a suitcase that was bigger than himself and being met by the then owner, Mr. McCarthy. McCarthy got a member of staff to take Peter up to his room which was located in a chalet at the rear of the hotel, no sooner had he put his suitcase down than he was handed a white coat and started work there and then as a bar waiter! At Christmas, staff didn’t return home as it was the only day off over the festive season and the first Christmas Peter was employed at

the Glenview the owners Mr. and Mrs. McCarthy, cooked Christmas breakfast for all the staff after they had attended Mass at the local church in Kilmacanogue. On their return to the hotel the McCarthy family served them all Christmas lunch at a long table set up in the main dining room; Turkey and Ham with all the trimmings and Mrs. McCarthy’s mother Mrs. Norton, whose husband was the Leader of the Labour Party and Mr. McCarthy’s sister Margaret waited on the staff that day. Later in the evening, he left the staff a case of non-alcoholic Club Orange and Club Lemon for them to enjoy in the lounge while he and his family went into the city for the evening. Peter spent some of the happiest years of his life working at the Glenview. He was employed in various positions until 1973 firstly working as lounge waiter, he then became head hall porter – one of

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eight hall porters employed at the hotel at that time and from there he worked in the dining room where he graduated to head wine waiter and later, general assistant to Mr. McCarthy. During that time he became an aficionado of wine and to this day it’s his favourite tipple.

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He remembers fondly Smiths Ballroom situated at the bottom of the Glenview driveway where dances would be held each weekend and, during those evenings at Smiths, great staff romances bloomed followed by many weddings – yet another ballroom of romance. During his working life in the Glenview, especially throughout the 60’s, Peter recalls the hotel as a place full of Stars who were filming at Ardmore Studios just down the road. He served many

famous people including Richard Burton (table 10) who was filming with actress Claire Bloom on The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. Burtons favourite tipple was many a large Scotch with ice! He also remembers film stars Kim Novak and Laurence Harvey coming to lunch on several occasions during the filming of Of Human Bondage in 1964. Although the choice on the menu may have differed from day to day, to accompany it was always three bottles of Chablis or Pouilly Fuisse 1961. Whilst filming The Blue Max, the staff loved to watch stunt flying over the hills behind the staff quarters and the star of the film, George Peppard, was a huge hit with the ladies of the Glenview every time he came to lunch, those blue eyes!

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At the time The Blue Max was being filmed, Peter and his friend Joe Fagan, who was head chef at the hotel, travelled on Joe’s Honda 50 motorbike to the land behind the nearby village of Newtownmountkennedy to see a mock up wooden bi-plane on the swinging jib which was used for the many crash scenes. Over the years Peter kept a lot of memorabilia from his time at the Glenview including a wine list

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from the 60’s when, whether one ordered Krug, Veuve Clicquot, Perrier Jouet or Bolly (all Vintage 1959) the price was 50/- a bottle which in today’s money is €3.17, while a glass of 1878 Grande Fine Champagne Cognac was a staggering 11/- or 55cent a glass! During one of many publicity shoots at the hotel, Peter was charged with making 30 glasses of Irish Coffee made with Power’s Whiskey for The French Rugby

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team of that time and he served them on the lawn in front of the hotel. Some nights he would make up to one hundred Irish Coffees in the restaurant – black as the night with cream floating perfectly on top - it was the most popular after dinner drink in those days. Peter’s life revolved around the everyday running of the hotel and it was there that he met his lovely wife Frances who was also working at the Glenview as a waitress. They married from the hotel in 1968 and had 40 extremely happy years together. One of his many memories was of an elderly neighbour named Charlie Kelly who lived in a house on the land backing onto the hotel. Charlie had sold part of his land to allow the staff chalets to be built and he would wander down the

back steps, through the kitchen, down the hallway and through the little hatch into the back bar where he would drink his usual - two bottles of stout. The back bar was tiny and away from the main hotel - it was there the locals liked to drink. The tiny bar could only hold seven to eight people and they felt very at home there - they would not have been welcome in the rather posh resident’s lounge back in those days. Around that time Mr. McCarthy suggested Peter train to take over the running of the dining room but unfortunately Mr. McCarthy’s wife Eileen Norton became ill and Mr. McCarthy put the hotel up for sale so sadly for Peter, the plan never came to fruition. He missed the McCarthy family and the many happy years they had shared together and so he left the

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George Brady George Brady’s first job was at the age of 17 when he joined the staff at the Glenview Hotel

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as a porter-cum-waiter in 1964 and George’s sister Patricia Quinn later worked in the kitchens of the hotel in 1970.

One of his fondest memories of that time was the head chef, Francis Xavier O’Mahony who worked with two other chefs; Wesley Brown, who was second chef and Joe Summers the Commis Chef. Twelve to 15 staff lived in the wooden chalets on the hillside behind the hotel, there were four to a chalet and no guests allowed. Fifty steps led down to the kitchen and, late at night when the staff were hungry they would raid the cool room for cooked chickens. One night Francis the head chef, returned to the kitchen very late and caught George helping himself to a chicken. He chased him around the kitchen with a carving knife but George escaped hardly able to move with laughter and locked himself in his chalet. Needless to say, all was forgotten by the following morning. George remembers well-known families dining at the hotel, these included Willy Roche of Roche’s Stores and his wife. They visited nearly every Saturday or Sunday with a lot of friends and Francis the chef would delight the customers so much they would send in tips and bottles of brandy or whiskey as recognition of his excellence with the result most nights he would go home with six to eight bottles of booze under his arm. Another memory from back in the 60’s was Joe the Commis Chef who used to help prepare all the food for head chef Francis. The kitchen equipment wasn’t as large and accommodating as | Page 64 |


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it is now and on one particular occasion Joe was confronted by a larger than normal leg of beef. The leg wouldn’t fit in the oven so, never daunted, he went outside to where they cut up the logs for the fire, grabbed the axe and proceeded to dissect the leg into more manageable portions. As the old saying goes, where there’s a will there’s a way.

dancing in Smith’s Ballroom at the bottom of the driveway and George was no exception. All the top bands of the day would play including the very popular Davitt Brothers from Wexford. Smith’s Ballroom didn’t have a liquor licence so no alcohol could be served, only sweets and minerals. That would not go down so well in nightclubs today.

Mr McCarthy the owner of the hotel in the 1960’s lived in an apartment on the first floor with his wife. He was known as a very fair employer and a complete perfectionist, insisting waiters were not allowed to write down the drinks orders no matter how large the party. Any staff appearing to slouch were immediately reprimanded and told ‘you’re working in my hotel, straighten yourself up’. When staff had time off at the weekend they would go

As was the practice at that time, gentlemen would sit on one side of the ballroom with the ladies on the other and it was the brave fellow who ventured across the divide. It seems soft drinks just didn’t have the same Dutch courage effect. George loved working at the Glenview Hotel and enjoyed all the friends he made there. He still visits when back in Ireland as he and his wife have now retired to Thailand to be near their son.

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Larry O’Toole

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Larry is Vice Lord Mayor of Dublin as well as a Councillor.

Ask anyone who knew Larry O’Toole at the Glenview Hotel and the one thing they all recall is his blonde hair and good looks so it is no surprise that while Claire Bloom was staying in the hotel and filming at Ardmore Studios she enquired if Larry would walk her up the Sugar Loaf Mountain behind the hotel to see the view.

The staff had various jobs in the hotel and one of Larry’s positions was as wine waiter in the dining room. On one occasion, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton came to the hotel for lunch. Burton ordered a bottle of red wine and, as is the custom Larry poured a little in the glass for Burton to sample. In his wonderful, deep Welsh accent (and without even trying the wine) Burton said “No, that’s okay, pour it and bring me another bottle” He rounded off lunch with three brandies! Larry found the most notable thing about their visit was, that as one of the most famous couples in the world at that time, they were so relaxed and friendly and so much easier to serve and appreciative than many of his regular customers. At the end of the lunch Burton rewarded him with a ten-shilling note as a tip, a whole days wages as he was earning £4.10 a week back then! “Two sound people” as Larry later described them. When it came to the ladies, Larry was spoilt for choice and there was quite a queue. He says he fell in love with Margaret Moore who worked behind the bar at the hotel, but sadly they went their separate ways and he never saw Margaret again.

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Larry’s very first coffee was in the Stillroom at the Glenview. This was a special room made almost completely out of stainless steel and the domain of a lady named Lily Brady. It was reserved for making afternoon tea, coffee and the famous and absolutely perfectly executed Glenview Irish Coffees. Larry remembers happily consuming the odd badly executed Irish Coffee. Also kept in the still room was an apparatus for polishing the silver plate Glenview Hotel cutlery, tea and coffee pots until they were absolutely sparkling. He recalls the Wexford Hurling Team made the Glenview a regular stopping off point for dinner on their way back from big matches. Dinner in those days was 21/- or €1.40 in today’s money. You would need to book well in advance for a table to dine at the Glenview as there was always a waiting list! In the early 1900’s during the writing of his novel Valley of the Squinting Windows, the famous Irish author Brinsley MacNamara (Nom de plume, John Weldon) sought the peace and quiet of The Glenview Hotel. The title of the novel is still used to this day to describe gossip in small villages and towns in rural Ireland and it is one of Larry’s favourite books. Many years later, Larry is still in touch with some of his old Glenview colleagues and is now a Councillor for Sinn Féin on Dublin City Council. | Page 67 |


Billy Burke Billy Burke was working in the Shelbourne Hotel on St Stephen’s Green in the city centre when he decided to apply for a job as a Chef at the Glenview Hotel in the 1950’s. In those days it was not unusual to work seventy to eighty hours a week for very little wages but as accommodation and food were included and about 70% of the population had to leave Ireland to work in England, Billy decided it was a good deal.

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He hadn’t gone to college to learn his trade but instead worked hands on in the Shelbourne kitchens starting as a 1st, 2nd and then 3rd year commis chef. Billy was determined to succeed he remembers a person was very lucky to have employment as jobs were very scarce in Ireland at that time. On Sundays Billy would go to church in Bray and on one occasion a new priest had come to the parish, his name was Father Brown. The Earl of Meath who lived nearby at Kilruddery Demesne welcomed him by introducing himself; I’m Meath he said to which the Priest who clearly didn’t understand the title replied - I’m Tipperary! Billy remembers the hotel being very plush with Russell Flint pictures of scantily clad gypsy ladies on the walls in reception, they reminded him of the Turkish Baths in Bray. The Glenview was renowned for it’s good food and only the wealthy could afford to dine out there. The dining room had mostly round tables capable of seating 7-8 people and on one particular evening just such a group arrived for dinner. | Page 68 |


There were about six of them. After a lot of discussion the decision was made to have Lobster Thermidor. The waiter remembers the local lady looking a little confused but agreeing that this was what she wanted to dine on too. The dish wasn’t on the menu but luckily Billy knew the recipe for Lobster Thermidor from his time in the Shelbourne. After cooking the lobsters Billy split the shells in half and stuffed them with cooked lobster, creamy white wine sauce and Parmesan which he then grilled. The waiters then transported the six masterpieces to the dining room when suddenly there was a bloodcurdling scream that could be heard in the kitchens. It would appear, the local lady not wishing to seem ill informed on culinary delights had not realised just what she was ordering and when the six leggy lobsters with their antennae protruding arrived on the table the lady thought the “monsters” were alive and fled from the hotel! The Glenview was a long way from the city but Billy remembers walking from Dublin City Centre to the Glenview for ‘a young one’ and when asked if she was worth the walk, Billy answered ‘you chanced your luck, sometimes you were successful’! It was quite a walk indeed, countryside from Ballbsridge to Cabinteely and beyond with little or no streetlights. Billy married in 1972 and had three sons. Now in his mid 70’s he lives happily in the nearby seaside town of Bray with his wife Marie and little Jack Russell terrier Susie. | Page 69 |


The Glenview Hotel today.

100 years on... the Glenview Hotel today.

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Throughout the decades the Glenview Hotel has welcomed friends, families, movie stars, politicians and sports personalities to our home. Steeped in history and situated in the magnificent Glen of the Downs, the Glenview Hotel is proud to celebrate over 100 years of happy memories. Set in 35 acres of woodland and landscaped gardens it’s the perfect setting for every occasion from weddings, getaways, conferences and parties. Our stylish Woodlands Restaurant serves locally produced fare and is the proud recipient of two AA Rosettes. Our extensive leisure centre offers the latest in gym equipment, 18-metre swimming pool, Canadian Hot tub and so on. The hotel is the perfect location for conferences, team building and casual meetings conveniently situated off exit 9 on the N11. With some of Ireland’s best golf courses on our doorstep, beautiful sandy beaches, historic homes and the best outdoor activities on the east coast, the Glenview Hotel is the perfect destination for business and leisure.

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The Glenview Hotel today.

Nestled in the stunning and majestic surroundings of the Glen of the Downs, the Glenview Hotel is the perfect location for any occasion. • 4 star hotel in the heart of the garden of Ireland

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• 30 glorious acres of Wicklows garden • 70 deluxe rooms including presidential suite • 9 dedicated business meeting rooms • 1 award winning leisure centre • 35 mins from Dublin city & 40 mins from airport.

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