Sweet Dreams! A rare piece of history in Dublin – Barry’s Hotel


P1640500Running by the seat of my pants, I arrange my transport at the last minute from London to Dublin.  Oh god accommodation! My thoughts drift to – ‘something with a bit of history, I want to ‘feel’ Dublin. Mind you, I know nothing of Dublin – zip, zero. Scanning the internet on the ferry, one property ‘spoke to me’ for some odd reason – ‘Barry’s Hotel’. Check the map of the city, it’s in a good, handy location.

P1630641I check in and you could see it would have been a grand Georgian home in its day – transformed later into a hotel. Hmmm good choice, just what I wanted.

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The next morning one of the staff notice my room key number and said; ‘Oh you have Michael Collins room.”

‘Excuse me?’ ‘Oh Michael Collins used to stay at the hotel regularly and later was hiding in a room from the British Soldiers. The last time he was in Dublin, he was shooting at the soldiers our of the window, and had to escape through the back of the hotel!’  I wanted to believe it, yet the Irish are renown for telling stories – so I checked it out on the internet, just to make sure. The story was legit!

Quote – Discover Ireland:   Shortly after the 1916 rising one of Ireland’s greatest patriots, Michael Collins, was surrounded by the British army; he shot at soldiers from a window above the hotel reception now one of the guest bedrooms.’

*Barry’s Hotel is one of Dublin’s oldest Hotels, built in the latter part of the Georgian Period. It’s had a colourful past and is now in renovations for a grand revamp. 2015

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Of all the hotels in Dublin, well, I got what I asked for – a rare treasure of history indeed…..sweet dreams.

Read more:  Michael Collins was an Irish revolutionary leader and a much loved hero. *Wikipedia

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