In the news: photo competition for Chaplin’s White Hen

Waterville is popular with guests who are looking for an affordable place to rest their heads

Traditionally, summer tends to be the tourist season in Europe.

But for one hotelier in Waterville, that holiday was more than just a few weeks. Charlie Chaplin spent part of the year at the resort as a guest.

As part of its White Hen campaign, holiday accommodation association Resort Accommodation Europe (RAE) is running a contest inviting people to send in a picture of their summer outing.

Charlie Chaplin (second from right) went to Waterville every year from 1921-28

The winning picture, which is automatically entered in a poster contest, will be posted at the resort where Chaplin was staying in 1921 and escorted by the “original chauffeur”, a steward called Dan who accompanied Chaplin to the club house every morning.

The 86-year-old original “Chaplin Man” also passed away recently. Mr Dan’s wife has lent his photo to the project.

Part of the campaign theme is “The Ultimate Summer Spa”.

When Chaplin checked into the resort in 1926, the room he was staying in cost US$20 a night.

The resort is a 10-minute drive from Roscommon town centre.

It is particularly popular with visitors looking for an affordable place to rest their heads. There are free Wi-Fi and email facilities and it has its own swimming pool.

The resort also has an abundance of on-site childcare and tai chi classes.

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