Metropole Hotel, Cork

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This Wednesday we take a trip south to the City of Cork. Have you ever wondered what the word Metropole actually means? We have seen hotels in Dublin and now Cork using it. Well wonder no more I have found that "The Metropole" is the British metropolitan center of the British Empire; i.e., the United Kingdom itself. It is sometimes used even more specifically to refer to London as the metropole of the British Empire. Wikipedia

Our friend guliolopez (who always seems to miss the Cork related photos) will know the answer to the following question, are the Musgrave Brothers we see here the same Musgraves which established Centra and Supervalu the biggest retail operators in Ireland?

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1880-1900. Likely c.1900 (hotel opened c.1897, extended c.1910)

NLI Ref: L_ROY_06243

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    B-59

    • 27/Jun/2018 07:20:42

    Street View 2017 The Hotel opened in 1897 (www.themetropolehotel.ie/our-story.html) and was was largely rebuilt and extended during 1910-11 after a large fire (archiseek.com/2012/1900-hotel-metropole-cork/). This photo was thus taken between 1897 and 1910.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 27/Jun/2018 07:57:44

    Miss Correll will shortly open in these Premises, so Guys will tell us more Yes, 1903 Guys says Miss Correll was here in 1903 so we are before that date

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    domenico milella

    • 27/Jun/2018 08:18:35

    Congratulation for your beautiful Album.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 27/Jun/2018 08:18:43

    I do not see Miss Correll in the 1901 or 1911 census

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    mcginley2012

    • 27/Jun/2018 08:29:34

    Some information on the Musgrave family. www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/who-are-the-musg...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 27/Jun/2018 08:48:42

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] An interesting read, so the Musgraves owned the Hotel!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 27/Jun/2018 10:12:16

    Electric tramway (see tracks and wires and poles) started in 1898 - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cork_Electric_Tramways_and_Lighting... "Services started on 22 December 1898 when the company had 17 cars in operation. Over the Christmas period, weekend traffic was heavy and there were some minor accidents and injuries, including some passengers who, having been celebrating Christmas, fell from the tramcars. ..."

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 27/Jun/2018 10:20:03

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] There was an Hotel Metropole (1891) in Sydney NSW - www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryofnsw/9023632860/

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 27/Jun/2018 10:31:42

    Flickr is sometimes amazing! The 1911 extensions were extensive. In 2007 via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/pascoedj/] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/pascoedj/503057204/]

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 27/Jun/2018 11:02:32

    We had the reverse view a few years ago, with lots of useful comments but no firm date (c. 1900). I am wondering whether those huge pale telephone poles are around in this photo; I can only see five wires at top right. This might imply this is pre huge pale poles - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/8280822924/]

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    abandoned railways

    • 27/Jun/2018 13:08:43

    Are SM and TM, on the date blocks, the initials of the Musgrave bros. Update, yes it is, Thomas and Stuart Musgrave.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 27/Jun/2018 14:48:28

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/abandonedrailsireland] well done.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 27/Jun/2018 14:49:08

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] and I see one in Kilkenny too,

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 27/Jun/2018 14:56:23

    The landmark Metropole Hotel in Cork, which was, until the mid 1950s, known as Ireland’s finest “dry hotel”, is now the spiritual home of the Cork Jazz Festival and is considering further expansion. Examiner The Met was opened in 1897 and was owned by the Musgraves. The property on MacCurtain Street was designed by architect Arthur Hill and built by John Delaney & Co Builders to the highest standards and opulence of the day, with most of its early guests being travelling salesmen and businessmen. The hotel occupied the upper floors of the building with the ground floor and basement let out for retail, with two shops on either side of the main entrance - including the famous Turkish Delight sweet shop, ‘Hadji Bey’, run by Harutan Batmazian who had arrived in Cork from Armenia in 1903 and who had his own sweet stall at the Great Exhibition in Cork. Lawson’s Outfitters occupied another unit and the name can still be seen over the shop door today. Edward VII is reputed to have had tea on the roof of the Metropole when he visited Cork in 1903 for the city’s Great Exhibition, and other famous guests included Gregory Peck, James Mason, Frank O’Connor, John Steinbeck, John Huston and Walt Disney. In 1977 the Metropole was sold to a consortium of local businessmen and a leisure centre was added. In 1999 it was sold on to Ryan Hotels and it underwent a €9m refurbishment. The hotel has been under new ownership since 2015 — a London-based family who also own the Cork International and Cork Airport Hotels — and following the purchase of an adjoining site, another upgrade and extension is being considered.

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    guliolopez

    • 27/Jun/2018 20:25:03

    Hi [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] & all. Sorry. Am late to the party. As usual. And as predicted. And even despite the nice prompt from Morning Mary :) Seems like most of the mysteries have already been solved. So I don't have much left to add. Except to say: • Totally agree with the consensus on date. Probably ~1900. Give or take a year or so. • Yes. That's "those" Musgraves (now largest grocery outfit in the country under the Supervalu brand) • We used to get our school uniforms in Lawson's. A nice man was Mr. Lawson. • I could write an essay on the Everyman. But won't. Save to say that the canopy does still stand. But is now 30 feet "out of shot" to the right. Thanks for the Cork post. And the shoutout! :)

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 27/Jun/2018 21:38:40

    Hadji Bey's ("A Good Name Is Worth Millions") had an interesting history. Includes a photo of the shop with "Estd. 1902" above. Are we before 1902? theculturetrip.com/europe/ireland/articles/a-brief-histor... Edit - and of course the photo is here on flickr!! Which shop? I think it replaced Correll's - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/tg4/27367776030/] & [https://www.flickr.com/photos/tg4/17853984721/]

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 28/Jun/2018 06:16:57

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] We are before 1902. Harutun Batmazian was not in the census for 1901 but here he is with his Family in Cork in 1910

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    guliolopez

    • 03/Jul/2018 14:19:31

    Funnily enough, the Metropole was "in the news" yesterday. For some unexpected guests in the dining room. Perhaps they were following this thread - and decided to go have a look?