Arbutus Lodge was built for a wealthy merchant in the late 1700s. Charles J. Cantillon, Mayor of Cork in 1865, extended the house in the 1860s. Later occupants of the house included Sir Daniel and Lady Ellen O'Sullivan, who were the great-grandparents of the actress Mia Farrow, and the Dwyer family who owned the Sunbeam Wolsey textile plant in the city.
In 1971 it opened as a restaurant and hotel managed by the Ryan family and quickly picked up a reputation as one of the finest restaurants in Ireland. The Ryan family sold the hotel in the late 1990s and in March 2005 Cork City Council granted permission for the partial demolition of the hotel and its conversion to an apartment complex.
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