One of the prettiest rooms in Killarney, on Ireland’s west coast, is the restaurant in Foleys. This is thanks to the stained glass especially.
Or am I the only one who’s crazy for this beautiful art form?
The first time I passed Foleys (which by the way I have seen spelled with and without an apostrophe), I noticed the windows but the light was wrong for getting good photos. Another day I went inside and asked permission to take some pictures. I’m very grateful to have got the go-ahead, so now I can show you.
This is the view of the double doors looking out to the street.
If you have a huge screen or very good eyes, you’ll see that the lettering is backwards. The glass is meant to be viewed from the outside.
I did a little magic and most of the pictures here are mirror images of what you see from inside. Confusing, I know, but it makes the pictures look better if you aren’t distracted by mirror writing.
In reading Foleys website, I learned that Foley and Hartnett are the family names of the owners of Foleys Townhouse and Restaurant. Their surnames are in these two panes.
The fireplace also looked intriguing, with those elegant tiles surrounding it.
Finally, my favourite four pieces. Each has a scene from the Killarney area: the Upper Lakes, Ross Castle, the Old Weir Bridge, and Muckross Abbey.
I hope you liked these beauties as much as I do.
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This is my standard form of disclosure that I am retroactively adding to all blog posts done before April 1, 2018, and will add to all new posts.
1. Is this experience open to the public?
2. Who paid the cost of me doing this?
There was no cost to go into Foley’s and ask permission to photograph the windows, or to walk by outside and take pictures of them. Foley’s staff were kind enough to say yes.
I was in Killarney for a blogging conference. I paid all my own costs to attend (registration, travel, accommodation, food) except for the meals included in the conference registration fee, a one-day field trip that was part of the conference, and a familiarization trip to Dublin hosted by Failte Ireland at the end. I’ve put disclosure about the Dublin trip on the Dublin articles.
3. Did I get any compensation or special consideration for writing this blog post?
4. Would I be as positive about this place if I had gone as a regular visitor?
Yes. I did go as a regular visitor.