A Donegal company is making curtains for the recreation of the Titanic’s dining hall as part of a prestigious developed themed on the famous Belfast built liner.
Glenmore Linens and Interiors of Ballybofey won the tender to supply the curtains for the Titanic Suite, a 1,000-seat capacity suite banqueting and conference centre being developed in the city’s Titanic Quarter. The Titanic Suite is due to open in April as part of the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction. Next year marks the one hundredth anniversary of the launch of the famous White Star liner which sank on its maiden voyage.
Designers have themed the suite in the six-floor Titanic Belfast building on the dining hall of the vessel.
The contract is the most prestigious won by the company which has supplied curtains to hotels in Ireland and the UK. The suite takes up two floors of the building and some of the curtains are 6.6 metres long. Sean O’Kane of Glenmore Linens and Interiors said the company is fitting the rails for the curtains in the first week of January with the curtains to be fitted the following week.
“We are delighted to get it. It is one of the most prestigious jobs we have done. It’s a magnificent room in a magnificent building. It will be different from the original ballroom as we are using motorised rails. Some of the curtains cover two levels. It’s a very exciting project and we were delighted to get it.”
The company was asked to fit curtains made from fabric that enhances the acoustics in the banqueting hall and has sourced special material from Germany.
Glenmore Linens and Interiors has been operating since the 1980s and employs 12 people.
While this project is the most prestigious the company has undertaken, the biggest job has been the fitting of curtains to the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire which involved over 500 windows. The Titanic Quarter is being developed by Harcourt Developments which is led by Donegal man Pat Doherty.