THE PARK’S FA­MOUS GUESTS

Irish Examiner - Magazine - - The Maker Up Edit -

The Park has wel­comed many fa­mous vis­i­tors over the years, in­clud­ing ac­tors Alec Guin­ness and John Mills.

Staff mem­ber Mar­garet O’Leary re­mem­bers that when Char­lie

Chap­lin vis­ited with his wife Oona, their three young chil­dren in­sisted on slid­ing down the ban­nis­ters of the ho­tel’s great stair­case.

Staff also re­mem­ber how Princess Grace and Prince

Rainier were re­fresh­ingly un­starry when they stayed and showed no airs and graces. They dined with other guests and made no re­quests for spe­cial menus or se­cu­rity.

And ho­tel staff had to use their tact and diplo­macy when deal­ing with an ine­bri­ated Bren­dan Be­han. Hav­ing or­dered a bot­tle of whiskey and soda wa­ter at break­fast, Be­han be­came very drunk as the day went on and by that night the po­lice were sent for.

How­ever Anne O’Donoghue Tuohy kept the lit­er­ary great chat­ting, en­cour­aged him to re­move his tie and boots, and to have a lie down. Within mo­ments Be­han was sound asleep and there was no need for the in­ter­ven­tion of Gar­dai.

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