Visiting Killarney’s fairs as a youth, Tim Buckley dreamt of owning the Killarney hotel that overlooked the bustling Kerry traders. But it was more than a dream – he set off for America to make the necessary money.
He returned to Kerry in 1926, married Julia, bought the Killarney hotel & renamed it The Arbutus. He then set out to redefine Killarney hospitality. The Buckley family have faithfully maintained the high standards of warmth, friendliness & professionalism that Tim put in train all those years ago. There has been a hotel on the site for over 200 years but the most significant architectural aspects of The Arbutus Hotel in Killarney are the numerous examples of celtic deco furniture & design commissioned by Tim in the 1920s.