The Irish Times Newspaper tells the story on the Imperial Hotel as follows:
“Michael Collins who negotiated the Free State Treaty on behalf of the Irish people in 1921 spent his last night in the hotel. Maria Edgeworth stayed there with Sir Walter Scott - though not, of course, in the same room. Liszt stayed, Charles Dickens came to report on an eminent gathering, William Makepeace Thackeray took tea there with temperance priest Fr Matthew and, years later, George Best came to stay, got into a fight and left. Maureen O'Hara dines there, the actor Brian Dennehy is a regular and so, before Saipan, was Mick McCarthy. He's still welcome, the Imperial Hotel assures. And then there are the everyday staff and guests, the Corkonians who lunch, take coffee or meet for health spa treats; all of them fans of the intimacy of the Imperial Hotel's grandeur, its way of being salubrious without pretension, its welcoming comforts."
A landmark in Cork’s commercial and social heritage since its inception in 1813.