As one of the leading corporate hotels in Cork City, The Kingsley offers substantial business and meeting room facilities in Cork with eight state-of-the-art business suites which can cater for the needs of your business or organisation. Our business suites are all named after influential Cork citizens.
Phillip Monahan was the city manager who founded the Lee Baths in 1934. Monahan set out to create an enterprise of considerable magnitude and to create a city-wide project that would have social and economic value for the citizens of Cork.
Andy O’Brien, also known as “The Brown Bomber”, was a well-known sporting figure in Cork in the 1930s because of his prowess as a high board diver, wining many awards for high board and spring board diving at local and national diving championship level in Ireland. His image hangs in our Springboard restaurant.
William Atkins was a Cork-based architect who designed Our Lady’s Psychiatric Hospital, a stunning piece of Cork architecture which is visible from many of the river-facing rooms in the hotel. The architecture of the main grey building is Gothic in style and is certainly impressive against its natural landscape.
Mary Ryan was the first female professor in Ireland (Professor of Romance Languages at UCC). As a historically significant Cork female, her achievement marked a new era for women in education in Ireland.
Frank Kingdon-Ward was a British botanist, explorer, plant collector and author who was responsible for selling the seeds of his Chinese expedition to the Smith-Barry family for the botanical gardens at Fota House and Arboretum. His legacy lives on in the beautiful and exotic Chinese plants at Fota House.
Hugo Flinn was the TD who opened the baths with the following speech: “I hope for many years this pool will be a pool of strength, a pool of healthfulness and open air life for the people of Cork. I have pleasure in congratulating the people of its possession and those who are responsible for it, on the good job they have done; may it remain for a long time one of the proudest possessions of the City of Cork”
Stephen Farrington was the designer of the Lee Baths. Farrington (1889-1965) was the Cork City Engineer from 1924-1958. For many years Farrington lectured on municipal engineering at the nearby University College, Cork. A fluent speaker of Irish and French, he was an active member of the Cork Literary and Scientific Society. He was also a keen sportsman, which in part also probably influenced his strong enthusiasm for the creation of the Lee Baths.
Joseph Wright was a British motorcycle racer who broke the speed record at 150.74 mph in 1930 on the Carrigrohane Straight Road. This road was the site of the Cork Grand Prix throughout the 1930s and the entrants themselves were well known names on the racing circuit. The high calibre of the motor car drivers brought to Cork is a testament to the all those who sought to make the Cork event an international one. By naming a suite after this renowned racer, we are honouring the history of the road where The Kingsley is located as a world-class racing circuit.
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