Flamboyant 'treasures' from iconic Celtic Tiger night spots go under the hammer
Say what you like about those hedonistic, frankly barmy days before the crash but a lot of people had a very good time before things went wallop.
Nightlife was buzzing and there is more than a hint of nostalgia for those days. By the time the recession ended, the male habitués of the main Dublin clubs had developed a paunch and the ladies could no longer fit into size eight jeans.
Now a host of flamboyant 'treasures' from the iconic night spots of the Celtic Tiger era - Howl at the Moon and the exclusive Residence Club - are to be sold in Ireland's largest interiors auction next month.
The sale, to be held at The Heritage Hotel, Killenard, Co Laois, on March 5 and 6, also features a host of fascinating documentation from Clerys, including the original cheques from the sale of shares in the historic department store building in Dublin.
The 3,000-piece auction includes the entire contents of the exclusive Residence private members' club on St Stephen's Green and refurbished furniture from the iconic Shelbourne Hotel in the city.
Also on sale will be stunning giant chandeliers and huge Game of Thrones-style bronze doors from Dublin's Howl at the Moon nightclub.
The stock is being sold by Niall Mullen, who last year held the biggest auction in the history of the State - the 14-hour disposal of the contents of the former Central Bank in Dame Street.
"There is a gorgeously opulent and eclectic look to the pieces from Howl at the Moon," said Niall, who is selling the entire contents of the nightclub, which was given an estimated €5m fit-out by publican Liam O'Dwyer in 2001.
"Howl's spectacular five-star furnishings include a 2m by 2m French chandelier, four full-size alabaster pillars, original works by artist Patrick O'Reilly, life-size bronze statues, two full-size bronze doors, a grand piano and a unique collection of Irish whiskey," he said.
"The Clerys collection is of immense interest, as along with Denis Guiney's original £241,000 cheque to purchase the entire share capital of Clery and Company in 1941, it includes old photographs, office journals and store record books going back 150 years.
"There is a beautiful selection of original refurbished furniture from the Shelbourne Hotel, and among the 150 pieces are some striking French bronze chandeliers.
"We also have the entire contents of the renowned private members' club Residence, including the bars, mirrors, glassware and every item of their classic, yet contemporary, styled furniture.
"On the quirky side, we have a restored original Irish phone box from Westmeath and more than 200 items of Irish folk and pub memorabilia."
Viewing takes place in the golf club of the Heritage Hotel, Killenard, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 2-4, from 2-6pm.
The auction on March 5 and 6 will be conducted by Victor Mee Auctions, and buyers who turn up in person will get a discount.