St. Paddy’s Day (as the Irish commonly refer to it) has brought on a wave of nostalgia in our office, taking us back to the years 2005 – 2008 and 2010. These were the years when we were fortunate and privileged enough to be appointed by one of Ireland’s progressive developers and hoteliers, O’Reilly & Associates, as the Interior Designers & Decorators for some of their hotel projects.
We took hold of the opportunity of showcasing and exporting to Ireland both SA design talent and locally produced products – hard and soft finishes. It was a very exciting time for our company and our base of suppliers.
But more so, it was exciting to become closely involved with the Irish people, their gorgeous country and their culture. This same culture includes a great deal of talking, drinking, socializing and generosity. Having spent so much time there, I adopted some of their language clichés, which were just so expressive to me.
Talking of those parties, despite the Irish economy being so badly hit by the Global Recession (one of the first countries to be deeply touched by the slump) I have absolutely no doubt that the tradition of celebrating St. Paddy’s Day with a hearty get together in some party form, will be the order of the Day – with Guinness in hand. (One thing I could not take to try as I did).
Indulge our nostalgic wave just a little today by allowing us to share some images of our Irish Hotel Projects with you…
HAPPY ST PADDY’S DAY CELEBRATION to all our Irish friends we were privileged to meet during our time in Ireland, a place and its people that remain close to my heart.
The House Hotel – Website
Aghadoe Heights Hotel – Website
Absolute Hotel – Website
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