Friday, April 8, 2016

Hotel Vienna Woods, Glanmire, Co. Cork


In "In Between Worlds", I wrote about walking in the woods and experiencing an ancient history and people. 

It occurred to me that our family's time in Ireland and our adventures had never been posted for bloggers to read.  It was an amazing few years where our children attended Irish schools (scoil) and studied Gaelic, where we lived on 20 acres of ancient forests, where we owned and operated a hotel (built in 1769 as a hunting lodge for an English lord, converted to a hotel in early 1960s).

Here are a few photos.

One of the 3 rooms used in weddings in the Hotel
Johnny in his wellies with his cat Midnight
Manor house of the Lord of Blarney-- house and creepy tree, 5 miles from us
Partial view of west side of hotel, 1985


Three milk stools found buried beneath refuse dating to mid-1800s
View of Glanmire, nearest town from the Hotel...Glassaboy tidal river
Erin and Johnny by a grotto built in 1780s for providing food and water for deer (which would later be hunted)
Mary by one of the huge trees in the woods
Later, Fitzgerald bulldozed and covered this part of the woods.
Bungalows, instead, were built.
Drive leading from Glanmire up to the hotel

Our woods.  I am in a white sweater with Johnny beside me and dog Buddy in front. Farther away on the trail are my daughter Erin and Patrick Kane. Behind us is a steep slope and in front is an upward slope.  The stone table is further up the path.

This was truly an adventure for each of us in different ways. For my children--those memories have never faded. It is the same for us, their parents.

24 comments:

  1. Wow! What a wonderful thing to have done as a young family. I'm sure many lovely memories were made.

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    1. What is interesting is that each one retains different memories and can relate them in detail. Many many memories.

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  2. Wow, living there had to be something special indeed. From the views to the actual hotel.

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    1. We lived about 600ft. from the hotel. We could see out to the port and ocean in Cork City. We looked down at the roof of the hotel. Each chimney sprouted up through the roof from the rooms below.

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  3. I enjoy the pictures of the children. They all grow where planted.

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    1. Our son Johnny/John had the most difficulty re-locating. He was in 5th class, having been moved up from 3rd class. John was the top of his class in Gaelic. John held onto the language for almost a year after we moved.

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  4. What a glorious place. Love, love, love those trees.
    What wonderful memories to have and to hold.

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    1. Our now adult children talk about a family two week holiday all together.

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  5. You must have a wealth of stories to tell from there. You are right your blogger friends had no idea. It must have been a wonderful time for your family.

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    1. A short slice of life which led to courage to explore!

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  6. Oh wow, what a great adventure. That must have been an amazing experience.

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    1. So many explorations! When John had some hours off from the hotel, he'd say, "Let's go find a castle!" They were everywhere in disrepair, but we would climb stairs, etc.

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  7. From your posts over the years, I feel that Ireland will always be a part of you. What a wonderful adventure you and your family must have had.

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    1. Our experiences formed a world-view and boldness.

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  8. Such lovely photos and memories. A shame to lose the woods to bungalows, but I suppose people have to live somewhere.

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    1. No, these were rent-by-the-week vacation rentals.

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    1. Something about the lush green beauty that fills the soul. My eyes hunger for that green.

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  10. What a wonderful, interesting life experience it must have been. I look forward to reading more stories of that time.

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    1. I have photos that are being discovered with "So that's where they went!" So, it's possible.

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    2. I have photos that are being discovered with "So that's where they went!" So, it's possible.

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  11. So cool! I love the woods there:)

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