The milliner’s playground, the former maths teacher and the €700m debt pile

The milliner’s playground, the former maths teacher and the €700m debt pile

The inside story of a developer, a vulture fund and a five-star hotel sited in a retail park . . .

In every respect, the g Hotel was, and remains, the perfect metaphor for Ireland’s cultural and economic passage. A monument to the blind, unfettered ambition of the boom, it emerged as a grandiose statement of wealth and nouveau-riche sensibilities. It was built by a former schoolteacher, designed by a milliner and sited on a roundabout in a retail park outside Galway city, sandwiched between a cinema and a fast food diner. And yet, at the...

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