Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links has welcomed thousands of new and returning faces from across the globe since it first opened its doors as a beachside destination. However, its origins stretch back to over a century ago, where the land on which it stands was part of the private family estate of 'St. Marnock's' - where the patriarch of the Irish Jameson Whiskey Company called 'home'.
The Jameson Connection
In 1758, John Jameson (a Scotsman) married the eldest daughter of another powerful Scottish distilling family from a nearby village. Her name was Margaret Haig and together, after their marriage in Scotland, they moved to Dublin where John founded his Distillery in Bow Street in 1780. A few years later, in 1804, his son also named John, took over the running of the Bow Street distillery and the firm John Jameson & Son was born. Four of John Jameson’s sons followed their father into distilling in Ireland, John II, James, William and Andrew. It was John Jameson III who taking advantage of the new railway system first moved his family from Dublin City Centre to the beautiful sea front at Portmarnock.
King Edward VII often visited the Jameson's at their beachside home and on his last official visit to Ireland in 1907, he unveiled a plaque which was designed especially to mark the occasion of the marriage between members of two great distilling families, Jameson and Haig. The plaque can still be seen in what was then labelled 'The Secret South Garden'.
The Jameson family had a nine-hole golf course on the site over 100 years ago; this golf course is now part of both the Portmarnock Golf Club and the Bernhard Langer-designed Dublin Golf Links course.