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Dunmore East

The Candlelight Inn

Dunmore East is a small fishing village on the south-east coast of Ireland, 16kms from the city of Waterford. It sits on the western side of the Waterford Harbour Estuary, 4.8kms from Hook Head in Wexford.
Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, Ireland

The Candlelight Inn was built as a private house and at the time prior to it's

conversion to a hotel it was owned by the well known tenor from Waterford,

Willie Watt.

It was bought in late 1967 by Michael O'Dwyer, who had previously owned

successful hotels and restaurants in Dublin. Michael had moved to his

homeland of Kilkenny a few years previously, where he had planned to open a

hotel or restaurant, but after a serious car accident he decided to move to new


Michael converted the house to a hotel by splitting the large bedrooms in two

and building on a bar and restaurant at the front. The following year he would

build a heated swimming pool in front, which was the only one in Dunmore and

would be open to the public.

The Candlelight Inn opened for business in 1968 and was managed by Michael

and Patricia O'Dwyer until they sold it to Charlie and Antoinette Boland in 1976.




Advertising winter weekend breaks

in the Irish Times, early 1970s . The

ad refers to a state visit at the time

by Charles De Gaulle, who

presumably stayed at Aras an

Uachtarain where he was

surrounded by guards and trees.

Michael O'Dwyer's sense of humour

extended to advertising! Also note

the price, six guineas for the


In all it's glory! Cliff House, somewhere between 1890 - 1910. You can see that the original had just 3 upstairs windows, but was then extended to the left. The drawing room, Cliff House The Butler family, Cliff house Before the conversion to a hotel, when it was owned by Willie Watt and called Cliff House The opening of the Candlelight in 1968 with (from left) Kieran O'Dwyer, Charles J. Haughey, Patricia O'Dwyer, Maureen Haughey, Louis O'Dwyer, Michael O'Dwyer, Joefy Murphy The Candlelight Card Wille Dunne, Kathleen Murray and Liz Keogh Ita Brunnick, Liz Keogh, Kathleen Murray and ? I recognise Angela Malone (2nd from left) and Mairead Butler (right). Who are the other Candlelight girls? Angelina sunbathing by the pool and Louis on the roof of the sauna room, this pic was used as a postcard for the hotel. Cleaning the pool, early seventies, in Strangman's punt . Louis O'Dwyer in the yellow trousers Going... August 2005 Going... Gone! The Candlelight site in November 2005. Ye old swimming pool. Some might say it's cleaner now than it ever was ! :-) This was the cottage where I spent many a happy day! Louis. Michael O'Dwyer in 1968 with Louis O'Dwyer, Grouse the dog, Louis Marks (Michael's father-in-law) and Simon O'Dwyer (on the right)