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Mulranny Hotel


The firm secured a contract in 1895 with the Great Southern and Western Railway Company to build a new railway hotel at Mulranny, near Westport, working from the designs of Sir Thomas Deane & Son, a well-known architectural practice based in Dublin. The new hotel was completed in 1897. The project provided the first experience of management to one of the younger members of the family; Joseph Harcourt Collen (known as Harky), who was Joseph’s younger son, took a leading role in overseeing the job.

Harky lived at Mulranny for two years, following the example set by his father in Killarney twenty years earlier. Harky collected the wages for the workers, which were delivered by train to Newport every month; as the writ of the Royal Irish Constabulary did not always run to more remote areas of the country, it was a potentially dangerous undertaking. Harky made the journey on one of his racing ponies, carrying a Smith and Wesson revolver for his own protection and the safety of the wage packets.

Key Facts / Information:

Client Great Southern and Western Railway Comapny
Architect Sir Thomas Deane & Son
Location Westport, Co. Mayo
Date  1895