Celebrate the 1916 Centenary with a stay in Min Ryan's former home.
Exactly 100 years ago today, on Holy Thursday 1916, prominent young Nationalist (and Sean MacDermott’s sweetheart) Min Ryan (former resident of 19 Ranelagh Road) set off from Ranelagh to Wexford. With her she was carrying a message that was to signal the start of the Rising, however on Good Friday Eoin MacNeill sent her back again with a message to cancel. When the Rising eventually did start on Easter Monday she and her sister joined the rebels in the GPO.
After Sean MacDermott was captured by the British, Min and her sister were his last visitors before his execution by firing squad in the early hours of May 12, 1916. In one of his final letters from Kilmainham Gaol, he told his family that “if I think of any other things to say I will tell them to Miss Ryan, she who in all probability, had I lived, would have been my wife.” Min later married General Richard Mulcahy, who served as Chief of Staff of the IRA during the War Of Independence and was responsible, with Michael Collins for re-organising the Volunteers throughout the country after the 1916 Rising. He was later Minister for Defence and Commander-in-Chief of the army in the Free State.
During the time that Min and Mary-Kate Ryan lived at Ranelagh Road, the house served as a meeting place for the GHQ staff of the Irish Volunteers, and was where Sean T O'Kelly (Mary-Kate's eventual husband and future President of Ireland) spent the night before the Rising.
In this 1965 RTE interview, as well as talking about her recollections of how she and her family became involved in the Republican movement, she fondly recalls the many parties that they hosted at 19 Ranelagh Road.
Min was clearly a woman who took entertaining seriously, so it is with great pleasure that we continue the house’s long tradition of hospitality by announcing the opening of Ranelagh Rooms on the centenary of that historic journey.
Ranelagh Rooms comprises 3 luxuriously appointed suites, each of which has been named after a local Ranelagh legend – Hollywood Icon (and proud Ranelagh girl) Maureen O’Hara, Richard Crosbie (who undertook Ireland’s first manned flight (in a hot-air balloon!) from Ranelagh Pleasure Gardens, and of course Min Ryan herself.
Following in Min’s hospitable footsteps, we have considered every detail to ensure our guests’ comfort. From our comfortable King Size double beds (fitted with luxurious hotel quality bed linen), to the Nespresso Machines, FREE wifi, and carefully selected library of books in each room, we believe it's the little details that make a stay special.
To ensure a proper warm Irish welcome, guests will find a selection of the very best Irish products to welcome them when they arrive - bottles of Ballygowan Water on the beside tables, a Butler's Irish Chocolate on each pillow, The Handmade Soap Company’s luxurious natural products in the bathroom, as well as a selection of McCabe’s Artisan coffee and Java Republic Specialty Teas in the tea station.
The location is second to none, with Ranelagh’s vibrant pub and restaurant scene and intimate village atmosphere, plus Dublin City Center and all it’s many attractions on your doorstep.