'Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known '    Oscar Wilde

The greatest art is just outside the window here at the Armada, but on days that you want to have a change of scenery, take a wander around our hotel and enjoy our ever growing collection of Art, here are some pieces of note throughout the hotel:

  • Kevin Lowery Prints on our bedroom walls.
  • Luke Reidy, a local Spanish Point print maker producing bespoke prints, view his pieces on our bedroom corridors
  • Shane Gilmore, famed County Clare Sculptor, view his surf pieces in the Ocean Bistro
  • Artist Eoin O’Connor's work in on John McCarthy’s Surf Board can be enjoyed in the Ocean Bistro, depicting him surfing the famed Aileen's wave in Doolin
  • Our Cliffs of Moher art piece, designed by Restless Design in the Ocean Bistro
  • Philip Morrison's original piece in the Ocean Bistro, beside the Captains room.
  • David Olsthorn, Surf Photography in Atlantic Suite Corridor.
  • Anne O’Connell’s photography for sale in the Pantry.
  • Local Artist, John O’Malley’s painting of the Armada bar by the fireside in Johnny Burkes over 50 years old
  • Willie Clancy and Micko Russell painting in Johnny Burkes Pub has been part of the hotel for more than 25 years, artist unknown
  • Other artists featuring in bedrooms or corridors include Miriam Dowling, Audrey Hamilton, David Coyne.

Music

As you enjoy breakfast or dinner in our Pearl Restaurant you may be curious to know the story behind the Sohmer Grand Boudoir Piano 71076, circa early 1930's and which is still in great working order today!

The Baby Grand piano in our Pearl Restaurant was a wedding gift to Adele Astaire by her brother Fred in Lismore castle in 1932.  Fred Astaire is said to have played this piano regularly on his frequent visits to Ireland.

Fred Astaire was an American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer, and television presenter. He is widely considered the most influential dancer in the history of film.  His stage and subsequent film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years. He starred in more than 10 Broadway and London musicals, made 31 musical films, four television specials, and issued numerous recordings.

Adele Astaire, Fred’s sister was an American dancer, stage actress and singer. After beginning work as a dancer and vaudeville performer at the age of nine, Astaire built a successful performance career with her younger brother.

The brother and sister act initially worked their way through vaudeville circuits, finally achieving a breakthrough with their first Broadway roles in 1917. Astaire became known for her talents as a skilled dancer and comedien, starring in hit Broadway musicals such as Lady, Be Good!,  Funny Face and The Band Wagon.  The siblings took several of their more popular shows to Britain's West End during the 1920s, where they were soon international celebrities, meeting members of the British Royal family and prominent figures from contemporary arts and literature circles.

In 1932, after a 27-year partnership with her brother, Adele Astaire retired from the stage to marry Lord Charles Cavendish (making Adele Lady Charles) the second son of the 9th Duke of Devonshire. The couple moved to the Cavendish estate of Lismore Castle in Ireland. Despite offers of both stage and film roles from producers eager to see her return to acting, Adele declined to come out of retirement. Following Cavendish's death in 1944, Adele remarried and moved back to the United States. She divided her time between properties in the United States; Round Hill, Jamaica; and her old home of Lismore Castle, where she spent her summers up until the end of her life.

How did the Armada get their hands on this wonderful piece you ask?

The piano went for auction in Lismore Castle in 1957, the Hyland family at Hyland’s Hotel Ballyvaughan purchased the baby grand piano where it resided for many years until recently when Maoin Cheoil Ennis School of Music purchased it.  After 25 years of teaching music Maoin Cheoil closed its' doors in 2019 and had to move and sell all of their contents. It was at this time that John Burke, owner of the Armada Hotel purchased this piano and had it refurbished by the talented Jerzy at Galway Pianos who brought the piano back to its original glorious state.

Hopefully you will be lucky enough to hear the beautiful tone of the Sohmer Grand Boudoir Piano during your stay here!