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"Destination - No Longer A Place"

by Debbie Chapman

In association with The Gallery Kinsale, we are delighted to showcase a collection of paintings by Irish Artist Debbie Chapman. On exhibit at The Montenotte Hotel Cork until January 2021, as part of the artist in residence programme to support Irish artistic talent.

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“My destination is no longer a place, rather a new way of seeing” - Marcel Proust. Debbie Chapman has long been struck by this quote from Proust about developing new perspectives, and recent global events have brought his words into even sharper focus.

Her newest work looks at our response to having our movements restricted and simultaneously, the opportunity to view the world through a new lens. Commenting on her new collection of paintings, on exhibit at The Montenotte, Debbie Chapman said, “While sometimes we make time to contemplate life’s bigger questions, it’s the gradual accumulation of micro-reflections that create our view of the world. These thoughtful pauses occur throughout any average day and often go unnoticed. They lead to observations, realisations or just an appreciation of the moment itself.

“Either way, we come to see the world differently and eventually, acknowledge a new reality. This is the subject for my collection”.


Debbie Chapman is an Irish painter, based in Dublin. She has been painting professionally since 2003. Her work has been commissioned for notable Irish public spaces such as The Hermitage Medical Centre, Dublin, Waterford General Hospital and the Naas Courthouse in Kildare.

Debbie works from her studio in the wooded valley of the River Liffey, near the Strawberry Beds and Phoenix Park. She uses oil, wax and acrylics in her mixed media paintings on archival paper, panel and canvas.


General Manager of The Montenotte Hotel Brian Bowler said, “Debbie Chapman’s paintings are a stunning memento of the times we live in – of new perspectives, contemplation, and self-reflection. We are proud to support local Irish artists whilst also bringing unique and interesting works of art to the hotel for our guests and visitors to appreciate.”

You can view Debbie Chapman’s work at The Montenotte from 1st August 2020 until January 2021. The Montenotte Hotel’s artist in residence programme is run in association with The Gallery Kinsale, and all paintings on display are available to purchase from

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Yes… the largest Sculpture Exhibition in Ireland is now open at The Montenotte Hotel

By Ray Kelleher – Director of Sales & Marketing

A stunning Sculpture Exhibition has been installed at our hotel this week, here at The Montenotte Hotel, in the sunken Victorian Gardens and will be on-site for the next four weeks, in association with the prestigious amazing The Kildare Gallery.

In keeping with our company’s commitment to support Irish art and culture, 38 sculptures by 18 Irish artists, including Bob Quinn, Stephanie Hess and Donnacha Cahill have now adorned the gardens. The works range in themes, scale and materials including ceramic, bronze, bog oak and copper steel.

With so many events, including showcase events like Bloom, cancelled, our exhibition is now the largest outdoor exhibition of its kind in Ireland this year!

We now encourage as many locals and visitors as possible to visit the Sculpture Exhibition and wander around the wonder of these secret gardens, which were only recently rediscovered and restored to their former glory of 100 years ago.  Your body and mind will truly relax as you peruse the art, breathe in the aromatic scents of lavender, myrtle and rosemary, and listen to the soothing sounds of the water fountain.

You can also take in the spectacular views of the exhibition, Victorian Gardens and Cork city from a high from the recently refurbished Panorama Terrace. We just ask that you pop to the hotel reception and register your details to gain access.

For myself, I am only just with the hotel less than 2 weeks and there is no doubt that this is one of Ireland’s most instragrammable hotels and the sculpture exhibition enhances this.

We hosted a press call to launch the exhibition with the Lord Mayor Cllr Joe Kavanagh and the Lady Mayoress Stephanie this week and our General Manager Brian Bowler commented , “We are delighted to host such a magnificent Sculpture Exhibition in association with the Kildare Gallery, after a hugely successful inaugural event in 2019.  It’s part of our ongoing ethos to support Irish artists, and it has never been more important to do, as the arts community has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. To see these incredible sculptures against the backdrop of our re-discovered sunken Victorian gardens is a stunning sight to behold”.

It was also great to meet Ruth Liddle from the Kildare Gallery who is the curator of the exhibition. I feel my artistic knowledge has grown since I arrived at The Montenotte Hotel.

The Sculpture Exhibition will run until September 26th.  All of the pieces are available to purchase with The Kildare Gallery and for more information about visiting the exhibition see here

Ray Kelleher
Director of Sales & Marketing
The Montenotte Hotel

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~ Launch of our call and collect ‘Pure Cork Afternoon Tea’ ~
~ This special treat is perfect for cocooning loved ones and will support local producers and charity Our Hospital Heroes ~

Does lockdown have you pining for dainty finger sandwiches, fluffy scones and mouth-watering desserts? If you have a special occasion coming up, want to treat cocooning loved ones, or host a small socially distanced garden gathering when restrictions are eased, fear not, as Cork’s we have put Afternoon Tea back on the menu with the launch of a new call and collect service - available from Saturday 16th May! Orders will be taken from Friday 14th May. 

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This Saturday, on February 1st, I ventured down to Cork for a weekend break in the picturesque and beautifully modern, Montenotte Hotel.
As they say, January is the only month with twice as many days as the rest. Maybe it’s the post-Christmas, back to reality, dark at 4pm aspect, but January really does drag. The first day of Spring was the perfect time for a trip away. Matt drove and we arrived to check-in at 2pm, bringing the total journey time to just under 3 hours.

As always, if anyone has any questions regarding the stay, please do let me know. I am always happy to answer!
All my foodie love,

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