On a recent trip to Bantry, County Cork I took some photos of the doors to this old hotel. It looked as if it might have once been a thriving business so I did some research on it.
Thomas Vickery established the hotel on the site of an old dye works about 1850. During the Irish civil war, it was burned down and during the rebuilding, all twenty-five bedrooms were given the luxury of a wash-hand basin.
This is what it looked like in the past.
Photograph from National Library of Ireland photographic collection c 1890s.