Walking tour of Bray Head
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.