Historic hotel celebrates our 150th
IT IS one of Warwick’s oldest watering holes, so it is only fitting that O’Mahony’s Hotel helps celebrate Warwick’s 150 years as a city.
This week, the popular Lyons St hotel and pub has held a variety of musical acts to help mark the milestone.
Last night, the hotel walls were humming with music from the sixties to contemporary tunes, when Studio 2 took to the stage.
The entertainment will be rounded off tonight with honky-tonk and rag-time music from musician Michael Woollett and accompaniment by Nev Jess.
O’Mahony’s Hotel owner Joan Wallace said the honky-tonk and dance music was “brilliant” and would please all musical tastes.
This year marks the 10th anniversary since Mrs Wallace took on the hotel and changed its name from the National Hotel to O’Mahony’s.
O’Mahony is the name of her ancestors, who still live in the area.
Ms Wallace said the hotel had changed hands and looks since its construction.
“It was built by the Allman family in the late 1800s and Allman Park was named after them. They were wealthy property owners in Warwick,” she said.
“They also built the Criterion Hotel on the main street, which was designed along the same lines as O’Mahony’s.”
The hotel changed hands in the 1940s, when the Brewery family took it on.
Now, it is primarily run by Ms Wallace and her partner Glen Ronk, brother Kev Wallace and grand-niece Georgia Wallace for accommodation.
“We see it more as a hotel, not a pub,” Ms Wallace said.
“We have a number of mainly disadvantaged people stay with us – from homeless people to people with disabilities and people from domestic violence situations.”
At O’Mahony’s Hotel, Lyons St
Music by Michael Woollett and Nev Jess
Cover charge $8, includes finger-food