THE DLR LEXICON IN DUN LAOGHAIRE

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THE OLD BANDSTAND AT THE ROYAL MARINE HOTEL

I know of three old bandstands in Dun Laoghaire and this is one of them. There may be more.

The luxury hotel which is now the Royal Marine was first built in 1863. Dating back to 1828 however, a hotel known as Hayes Hotel stood on this magnificent site overlooking Dublin Bay. The hotel was purchased by William Dargan, builder of the first Railway in Ireland between Dublin and Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire) and the new Royal Marine was built with part of the old Hayes Hotel incorporated into the new design.

The newly developed Royal Marine Hotel first opened its doors in 1865 and has been a Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Institution ever since.

The Royal Marine Hotel is regarded as one of the finest 4 star Hotels in Dublin and has hosted many Heads of State, Kings, Queens and celebrities including old blues eyes Frank Sinatra, Laurel & Hardy and Charlie Chaplin, to name a few.

The British Queen Victoria visited Ireland via Dun Laoghaire and enjoyed a 16 course breakfast in the hotel shortly after arriving. The Irish freedom fighter Michael Collins is believed to have hidden out in Room 210 with his partner Kitty Kiernan.

The first line wireless report on a sports event was made in July 1899 when Marconi transmitted a commentary on the Kingstown Regatta.

The commentary was made on board a steamboat to the Irish Daily Express in Dublin on 14th August 1923.



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