(Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”)
I visited Ireland once in high school on a British Literature tour. We visited The Book of Kells, The Cliffs of Dover, Trinity College, Dublin, Killarney, and the original place where Irish Coffee was invented in Limerick County (which included waiters milking and whipping fresh cream on the side of the road). My favorite Irish authors include the classics: W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, Jonathan Swift, Samuel Beckett, and C.S. Lewis. However, my favorite contemporary Irish feminist and poet is Eavan Boland (READ HER NOW).
Rather than focusing on the traditional Irish Flag hues – Kelly Green and Orange – let us delve into a less literal approach for Irish interior design. I remember staying in several old B&B’s, castle lodging, Victorian inspired Hotels, and modern caravansaries. During my tour I passed hundreds of shaggy sheep, miles of peat moss bogs, and would sometimes find myself screaming, “HEATHCLIFF” across the moors (or was that Wuthering Heights? OK, I know it’s technically in Northern England but the Brontes are originally from Ireland). The emerald isle was gorgeous, but is not just GREEN colored – other than WITH ENVY for its beauty. Har har. Here are two of my favorite hotels and respectively, each space’s interior delights:
The G Hotel in Galway, Ireland. The Pink Salon image courtesy of Conde Nast Traveler, HERE. The g’s glamour is completely local: Mad milliner Philip Treacy, a hometown boy, designed this 101-room stunner.
The G Hotel in Galway, Ireland. The Grand Salon image found HERE.
The G Hotel in Galway, Ireland. Matz Restaurant image courtesy of Adventures of Brute Force, HERE.
The G Hotel in Galway, Ireland. The Suite image courtesy of Conde Nast Traveler, HERE.
The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin by Renaissance Hotels and Resorts in 2008 – “The grand dame of Dublin cultural society”, Image found HERE.
The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. The Constitution Room is where the Irish Constitution was drafted in 1922 under the chairmanship of Michael Collins. Images courtesy of Conde Nast Traveler and The Shelbourne, Dublin.
The Grace Kelly Suite in The Shelbourne, Dublin. Image found HERE. This suite is named in honour of the Famous Hollywood film star, Grace Kelly. Princess Grace and her husband stayed at The Shelbourne Hotel many times and had an attachment to room 270, with the finest view of St. Stephen’s Green of all city centre Dublin hotels.
The Lord Mayor’s Lounge at The Shelbourn Hotel offers high tea service wherein the teabags are made of silk. Lord Mayors of Ireland take a stroll in this elegant, sunlight room during their inauguration. Historical note: During The Easter Rising in 1916, forty British soldiers were garrisoned at the hotel. Consequently the Shelbourne came under regular fire. When fighting broke out on the Green on Easter Monday, afternoon tea was relocated to the rear of the hotel for safety.
HOW SHOULD I TAKE STYLE CUES FROM A COZY IRISH BAILE (that’s home in Irish)?