Walk­ing tour of Bray Head

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FAS­CI­NATED photography fans were given a rare op­por­tu­nity to view the land­mark Bray Head Ho­tel through the lens of an ac­com­plished artist in a re­cent ex­hi­bi­tion in the Mer­maid by Fiona Hack­ett.

Hack­ett treated a se­lect few to a walk­ing tour of the Vic­to­rian build­ing prior to the launch of the show in the Mer­maid last Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

The build­ing has in­trigued the lo­cal com­mu­nity of Bray for gen­er­a­tions, some of a cer­tain age fondly re­call­ing the years when a disco was held there ev­ery week­end.

The im­pos­ing struc­ture has also been used as a set in film pro­duc­tion and holds many mem­o­ries of lead­ing ac­tors in­clud­ing El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor and Richard Bur­ton. More re­cently Bray Head Inn has popped up in The Com­mit­ments, In­ter­mis­sion and Break­fast on Pluto.

Fiona’s ex­hi­bi­tion, Fade Out, comes as Ard­more Stu­dios marks 50 years of op­er­at­ing in Bray. In­ter­est­ingly, the cap­ti­vat­ing ho­tel still op­er­ates as an inn and re­ceives guests.

Fade Out gives peo­ple the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the pe­cu­liar­i­ties of the pop­u­lar land­mark through Fiona’s artis­tic vi­sion. The pho­to­graphs are of both pub­lic lounges and pri­vate bed­rooms.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is on dis­play un­til March 7 and is free of charge.

Artist Fiona Hack­ett and Artis­tic Di­rec­tor of the Mer­maid Nora Hickey.

Kieran Grif­fen ex­am­ines the case of mem­o­ra­bilia at the foot of the guests’ stair­case.

The bar where El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor and Richard Bur­ton used to sit to­gether.

Kirsten Bren­nan and Trevor Bai­ley on the tour.

The tele­phone box in the foyer ar­rived a week ago.

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