house was built sometime in the late 1700s by Thomas Bealer, a miller
with extensive property in the area. (There is a Beale's Lane and a Beale's
Hill not far from here.
He sold in 1804, to David Howe,
"A certain field wherein Thomas Beale hath erected a dwelling house
and other valuable improvements situate in the North Liberties of the
city of Cork". Howe was a master cooper connected with the famous
Cork Butter Market, then the largest in the world. The
house was sold for £341.50 plus £34.26 a year ground rent
which is still being paid to his heirs.
During his tenure Cork was at a peak of prosperity. It was at this time
that the mansions were built along this hill, making Montenotte the most
sought after address in Cork.
Owners, John & Margaret Carmody
The next occupant we can be sure
of is in 1871 when Charles Joseph Cantillon, Mayor of Cork and first chairman
of the Gresham Hotel Limited lived here.
The house was substantially remodeled in the time of Mr. Cantillon when
an extra wing and a ballroom (now the dining room) were added. He
was succeeded by Sir Daniel and Lady Ellen O' Sullivan. Their children,
born at Arbutus Lodge, included Charles, later Major O' Sullivan, father
of Maureen O'Sullivan, the actress and grandfather of Mia Farrow. The
house was sold by the O'Sullivans around 1900 to Mr. Dwyer, followed by
a medical family, the Kearneys. It was then purchased from them in 1961
by Mr. Sean Ryan who converted it into a hotel. The Ryan family sold the
hotel in September of 1999 to the Carmody family. Today
the Arbutus Lodge continues to be run as a very personal hotel, under
the new ownership of John and Margaret Carmody.