It’s a fittingly miserable Tuesday morning out there as the demolition notice served on The La Touche Hotel is being quietly, somberly acted out.
Calling into the workmen involved, they were naturally reluctant to talk about how long it would take exactly to reduce this great, big, 123-year-old Greystones landmark to just memories and dust.
They were even more reluctant to appear on camera, but, nonetheless gruntingly gracious enough to allow us take one quick walk around the hotel to get some final shots.
Most Greystonians will have great memories of The La Touche Hotel to cling on to, whether it was enjoying your first pint in the bar, your first kiss in Lautrex, or the conception of your first child in the car park. You may even have met the love of your life whilst sunning yourself out on the grass bank…
Those memories will be there, always, long after the hotel is gone, and we were lucky to have been part of a grand old building that welcomed everyone from Michael Collins to Gerard Byrne through its doors.
Heck, even when it was dying, and spitting up blood, this old girl let Hozier in to make a video.
All human life passed through here, and a few crossbreeds too, but that’s what made The La Touche Hotel unique.
So, cling on to your happy memory of this once-fine, towering Greystones insitution. And if it wasn’t illegal, share it. Keep the old girl alive, forever and ever.
To help you, go explore The La Touche Hotel in its glory days here, and follow its battle for survival over the last few years here. Oh, and we’ll be finding out more about the plans for the original building – some good news just coming in on that front. We should be able to confirm on Wednesday…