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Waterford News 20 April 1900

‘Second to none’ – Marquis of Waterford visits St Brigid’s Well Brewery and Lawlor’s Hotel

The marquis of Waterford [John Henry de la Poer Beresford, 6th marquis] visited St Brigid’s Well Brewery on Tuesday. It was his lordship’s first visit to Dungarvan, and he seemed to enjoy it. The Marquis was accompanied by Sir Owen Slack [Sir Owen Randal Slacke (1837-1910] and Captain Gethin [estate manager at Curraghmore]. The distinguished visitors were met at the station by W E Cartwright, Esq, manager of St Brigid’s Well Brewery. The brewery premises were visited and gone through by the party. Mr. Cartwright explained the working of the several departments.

The chiefs of the clerical staff, Messrs Coghlan and Flynn, with the men of the staff, received the visitors enthusiastically, and after a stay of upwards of two hours, during which the Brewery Lodge and the grounds (residence of Mr. and Mrs. Cartwright) were visited, his lordship and the party received a hearty parting cheer from the employees of the brewery.

Subsequently the marquis, Sir Owen Slack, Capt. Gethin, Mr. Cartwright, and Mr. Nugent Humble, lunched at Lawlor’s Hotel, and his lordship expressed the pleasure which he felt, not only at his cordial reception, but at the excellent manner in which the hotel staff, under the direction of Mrs Lawlor, had anticipated every wish of the visitors. His lordship was delighted with the cheerful and comfortable apartments of the hotel, and expressed to his friends before leaving the great pleasure it would give him to inform his friends in London that there was at least one hotel in the South of Ireland which could be classed as second to none in its management, comfort, cuisine, and moderate charges, to be found across the Channel. We congratulate Mr. and Mrs Lawlor on this excellent testimony to their expense and enterprise…which is so well known and highly appreciated by all visitors to the Old Borough.


Lawlors Hotel Circa 1910
Lawlors Hotel circa 1910


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