Eliza Hayes

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After a nail-biting 10-minute auction featuring multiple bidders and two last-second interventions, Hayes Hotel was sold for €650,000. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The end was almost as tense as a Kilkenny-Tipp hurling final as the Thurles hotel where the GAA was formed 130 years ago went under the hammer follow(...)

At the Hayes Hotel auction, the auctioner went through his going once, going twice, going three times routine and was just about to drop the gavel when “the gentleman in the pink shirt” decided to have another go today and bid €640,000.

The Thurles hotel where the GAA was formed 130 years ago this November has gone under the hammer after a nail-biting auction in the RDS this afternoon(...)