They’ve welcomed plenty of famous guests.
But this weekend saw Cork’s Imperial Hotel roll out the red carpet to honour an extra special visitor as President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina came to stay on the South Mall.
The President was on an official visit to Cork to mark the National Day of Commemoration, which is traditionally observed on the Sunday closest to June 11th to tie in with the anniversary of the 1921 truce.
Checking in on Saturday, President Higgins stayed in the historic Michael Collins Suite at the hotel and enjoyed the best of Cork hospitality including a breakfast of locally sourced produce from the nearby English Market.
“As an added touch of welcome Michael Collin’s walking stick which is in the private collection of Louis Fitzgerald was put on display in the room overnight in honour of this very special guest and to tie in with the commemorative nature of his official visit.” an insider told Yay Cork.
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Before departing for official duties, the President was given a tour of the hotel and regaled with its many historic connections and famous past guests which include Michael Collins, Frederick Douglass, Charles Dickens, Father Theobald Mathew and Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco to name just a few.
“President Higgins is a superb stateman and is held in the highest esteem on a local, national, and international scale so it was a very exciting visit for all our team here at the hotel,” said Director of Hotels at the Louis Fitzgerald Group Niamh Fitzgerald.
“On a personal level it was a true honour for our family to welcome to the president into this iconic building which has come into our custodianship since June. I think the hotel’s unique history, elegant style and sustainable ethos really made a lasting impression.”