Hayes' Hotel

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Hayes' Hotel in Liberty Square, Thurles

Hayes Hotel is a hotel in Libery Square Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland. In 1884 the Gaelic Athletic Association was founded in the billiards room of the hotel.


The hotel traded under the name 'The Star and Garter' in the 18th Century. The hotel was purchased in the 1830s by William Boyton and became known as 'Boyton's Hotel'. In the 1870s the hotel was purchased by Miss Eliza J. Hayes and thus became known as Hayes' Commercial and Family Hotel.[1]

On the 1 November 1884, a group of Irishmen gathered in the Hotel billiard room to formulate a plan and establish an organisation to foster and preserve Ireland's unique games and athletic pastimes. And so was founded one of the world's greatest amateur associations, the GAA. The architects and founding members were Michael Cusack of County Clare, Maurice Davin, John K. Bracken, George McCarthy, P.J. Ryan of Tipperary, John Wise-Power, and John McKay.[2]

The hotel is a popular venue on the day of the Munster final when it is held in Thurles, especially when the final is between traditional rivals Tipperary and Cork.[3]

In April 2013, Hayes' Hotel, went into receivership. The hotel will remain open following the appointment of receivers, however the hotel currently doesn't offer room sales.[4]

In January 2014, it was reported that an investment group containing Tipperary hurler Lar Corbett, boxer Matthew Macklin and Kevin Coppinger were in talks to take-over the hotel.[5][6]

Death of Graham Parish[edit]

On 1 July 2008, Graham Parish of Nelson, Lancashire, UK, died from acute alcohol poisoning, at Hayes Hotel in Thurles, Co. Tipperary. He had been celebrating his 26th birthday the previous night with friends. A criminal case against the two barmen that served Graham Parish ensued, it was the first of its kind regarding 'liquor liability' in Ireland. However, the two barmen were acquitted of manslaughter but were found to have been negligent in serving such a volume of alcohol, Teehan said it had not been proven that the barmen had caused Parish’s death. The landmark case at Nenagh Circuit Criminal Court found that the two men could not be held responsible, when Judge Tom Teehan found that Parish had made a personal decision to consume the alcohol on June 30, 2008,

This case is set to raise further debate over the responsibility owed to consumers by bar proprietors and those working in licenced premises, and also the responsibility by consumers, to themselves, in controlling their personal drinking behaviour. This case has highlighted the dangers of alcohol and if this incident could prevent further deaths then Graham Parish's family feel his death will not have been in vain. The parents of the deceased, David and Julie Parish, are taking a civil case in the High Court against the Mulcahy Hotel group trading as Hayes Hotel Limited.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hayes Hotel Official Website". Hayeshotel.ie. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  2. ^ "GAA mark 125th anniversary". RTÉ Sport. 2009-11-01. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  3. ^ "There's only one Munster Hurling Final - one of the mind". Irish Times. 2009-07-08. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  4. ^ "Receivers appointed to Hayes' Hotel". Hogan Stand. 25 April 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Kelly hopes Corbett plans for Hayes Hotel flourish". Irish Examiner. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Star hurler Lar Corbett teams with boxer in bid to buy 'birthplace of GAA'". Irish Independent. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 

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