Sunday, December 7, 2014
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Royal Marine Hotel
Don’t miss the VERY LAST FAIR of 2014! This is where you will find the most beautiful, unique and interesting gifts and pretty crockery perfect for your festive table. Christmas shopping with no hassle, take your time browsing stalls from all parts of the country, and pop in to the bar afterwards for lunch or drinks with friends. You will find the prettiest jewellery, both real gems that are a girl’s best friend, and faux jewells that look wonderful and cost little, along with antique and vintage furniture and interior decor, fine art, vintage kitchen and tableware, collectors items including rare books and vintage memorabilia, plus a selection of vintage fashion and accessories.
Did you know that there is a FREE DRAW for every fair open to subscribers to our newsletters, and a second FREE DRAW for our fans on Facebook, with chances to win complimentary tickets and gift vouchers for €25 to spend at any stand at the fair. Just subscribe to the newsletter or become a fan on Facebook and subscribe to our news feeds, and you will be invited to enter the free draw every time.
The Royal Marine Hotel is easy to find, just follow signs for the Stenaline Ferry Terminal, or take the DART and walk 3 minutes from Dun Laoghaire station. Dun Laoghaire is a great place for an afternoon out: enjoy a promenade on the pier, afternoon tea overlooking the harbour, or drop in to the weekly Farmers Market in the People’s Park for gourmet delicacies and fresh produce.
Parking update: Visitors to the fair get parking in the hotel carpark (underground carpark only) for discounted rate of €2.50: pay the cashier at the fair, who will issue you with a ticket valid for the day. Additionally, free parking is included with consumption in the hotel bar and restaurant, bring your receipt to hotel reception. The carpark under the shopping centre on Marine Road also has a discounted Sunday rate (3 hours for €2.50 at last notification, but check the rate before parking). WARNING: the surface Pay and Display carpark is not included in the concessions – you must display a valid parking ticket before leaving your car (nasty clampers in operation!)
Hope to see you there!
Royal Marine Hotel
Since 1828 a hotel has occupied the site now occupied by the Royal Marine Hotel. Originally know as Hayes Royal Hotel, William Dargan builder of the Kingstown Railway bought out the Royal Hotel in 1863 and built the Royal Marine Hotel designed by John McCurdy, who also designed many other buildings and churches of significance in Ireland during this period. The newly developed Royal Marine first opened its doors for business in 1865 and has been a Dublin institution ever since, and has hosted many Heads of State, Kings, Queens and celebrities including old blues eyes Frank Sinatra.
The Hotel closed for extensive re-development in 2004 and re-opened on the 22nd of June 2007. The re-development includes a new banqueting and conference centre, with a superb ballroom which enjoys a panoramic view over Dun Laoghaire harbour, which is where the antiques fairs are held. Plenty of parking in the underground carpark (NOTE: up to 3 hours parking free on production of a receipt from the hotel bar, restaurant or coffee shop, otherwise hourly rate is €2.50).
DUN LAOGHAIRE is a coastal resort 6 miles south of Dublin city centre. The Royal Marine Hotel is on Marine Road, overlooks Dun Laoghaire harbour and is adjacent to the Sealink Ferry Terminal. The local DART station is a few hundred yards away, and numerous buses stop nearby, including routes 7, 7A, 8, 46A and 111 from the city centre. In general, the fair includes a wide range of antiques and collector’s items, including silver, porcelain and glass, jewellery, Victoriana, old advertising, Georgian and Victorian furniture, linen and lace, prints, books, coins and banknotes, postcards, military medals, etc. The mix of dealers exhibiting changes from fair to fair, and thus the range of items available at the fairs varies from one fair to the next.
HOW TO GET THERE: Bus 6, 7, 7a, 8 from the city centre, or DART to Dun Laoghaire station, and a 3-minute walk. By car, follow signs for the Stena Line (Dun Laoghaire) Car Ferry. The hotel is 2 minutes walk from the harbour.
To view a location map or to book accommodation at the Royal Marine Hotel, visit the Royal Marine website.