Monday 25 September 2017

Linen company closes curtains deal for replica Titanic suite project

Greg Harkin

WHEN traditional Irish linen company boss Patricia O'Toole got an order to make curtains for the Titanic, she thought it was something of a joke -- until she realised it was for a replica ballroom, decorated to its original style, close to the site where the ship was made in Belfast.

As unusual orders go, this is right up there.

"With the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, it was an amazing request," said Ms O'Toole of Glenmore Linens in Ballybofey, Co Donegal.

"We've fitted out five-star hotels as well as large homes, but never a ballroom for such an incredible development."

The Titanic Suite is due to open in April 2012 as part of the wider Titanic Belfast visitor centre.

Such is the attention to detail in the suite's design that the unique Titanic-inspired pattern commissioned for its carpets will be copyrighted.

The replica ballroom also includes the famous staircase, featured in the 1990s movie about the boat's sinking. Ms O'Toole said: "We were provided with the original designs and followed those meticulously."

Ms O'Toole's dad -- and company director Sean O'Kane -- said 250 metres of material were being used to make the six-metre-high curtains.

"There are two different colours -- wine red velvet for the dress curtains and cream for the working curtains. The only difference between these and the original curtains is that the replica ones will be operated by electric!"

The 1,000-seater Titanic Suite is just half a mile from where the ship was built at Harland & Wolff.

Over 1,500 people died when the Titanic struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage to New York.

Irish Independent

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