Your Hosts, Chris & Olive
Dear Friends Old and New,
We have lived in Doolin for more than 15 years, having moved here from Dublin in 1997 after we fell in love with the beautiful scenery and the magical aura of Doolin.
We have raised our two boys in the village and we all very involved in the local community. Many of our family also live in the village.
We started offering Bed & Breakfast because we heard from so many visitors to Doolin who were looking for good quality accommodation, at a good price, with a healthy choice of breakfast.
We wanted to be hosts who not only offered a lovely place to stay, but who also help our visitors have an opportunity to learn about the area and to get good advice on what to see and where to go.
Over the years, we have built up a loyal family of guests who return year after year and who have become friends as much as guests.
As the Irish poet William Butler Yeats wrote “There are no strangers here. Only friends you haven't yet met”.
We look forward to welcoming you as friends to Toomullin House.
The WB Yeats Room
William Butler (WB) Yeats was a poet of
international reputation who also served
an Irish Senator for two terms. His
Summer home was in Gort, a short
distance from Doolin. It is Yeats who
wrote “There are no strangers here; Only
friends you haven’t yet met.” Yeats was
the Noble Prize literature winner in 1923.
The WB Yeats Room has a double and
The Oscar Wilde Room
Although Irish born, and from a staunchly
republican family, Wilde wrote very little
about Ireland. His spectacular rise and
public fall, which lead to his early death at
46, would have made a great novel if it
were not so sadly true. His writing is
famous for its sparkling humor and wit;
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us
are looking at the stars”. The Oscar Wilde
room has a double and single bed.
Our Dining Room
Good food, fine clothes ("raiment") and a
comfortable place to sleep have long been
part of Irish culture, as in this proverb:
"May you have food and raiment,
A soft pillow for your head,
May you be forty years in heaven,
Before the devil knows you're dead".
An old Irish proverb
The James Joyce Room
Joyce is one of Ireland’s eight Noble Prize
winners and amongst the most influential
writers of the 20th century. One of his best
known quotes is that “A nation is the
same people living in the same place”.
Although a Dublin Man (“When I die
Dublin will be written in my heart”) his
writing says much about the common
Irish experience. The James Joyce Room
has a double and single bed.
The Kavanagh Room
Patrick Kavanagh was a country man and
his writing is notable for its realistic
portrayal of Irish rural life. He is known for
his fiery views; “A sweeping statement is
the only statement worth listening to”.
And, rather unfairly, that “There is
something wrong with a work of art if it
can be understood by a policeman”. The
Patrick Kavanagh Room has a
double and single bed.