1897 - Wynn's Hotel
In June of 1897 James Connolly organised an anti-Jubilee rally, the rally was addressed by Maud Gonne, both of whom where regular patrons of Wynn’s Hotel. On the day of the Jubilee James Connolly and Maud Gonne organised a funeral procession through Dublin City – the coffin that was carried was marked ‘British Empire’, Trinity College students tried to disrupt the rally with shouts of ‘God Save Our Queen’ but were repelled by the crowd. W.B. Yeats, who was attending another commemoration in the City, joined in on James Connolly’s rally. The coffin was thrown into the River Liffey with Connolly shouting ‘Here goes the coffin of the British Empire. To hell with the British Empire’. The James Connolly Memorial Statue is only a 10-minute walk from Wynn’s Hotel.
Wynn's Hotel is steeped in History - built in 1845, bombed during the 1916 rising and rebuilt in 1921 using mass concrete, the only building in Dublin to do so at this time.
Our close link with the Abbey Theatre and Miss Phoebe Wynn's, (the Proprietor at the time), connections with many famous literary figures from home and abroad ensured the Hotel was always a hub of activity and a central meeting place for many of the characters who tread the boards of The Abbey stage.