Monday June 1, 2020

‘They could have sold the place, but they couldn’t put a receiver in’

After some difficult years, the Sandymount Hotel, and its owner John Loughran, are starting a new chapter with a €6 million upgrade

Gillian Nelis

Managing Editor

5th March, 2017
John Loughran, owner of the Sandymount Hotel Picture: Fergal Phillips

In 1974, at the age of 19, John Loughran was dispatched to Áras an Uachtaráin on what was, by any standards, a highly sensitive mission. Erskine Childers had become the first Irish president to die in office, and although a plan had been mooted for his widow Rita to be acclaimed as his successor, it had come to nothing.

The result was that Rita Childers and her daughter Nessa - now an MEP -...

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