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I worked in Pinewood Studios when I first worked in the industry. They were carrying out renovations and took out all their cast-iron radiators from the s. Paul did most of the work himself.

Glendenning Monument, The Octagon, CAHERNAMART, Westport, County Mayo - Buildings of Ireland

The roof of the house was in quite good condition, but the ceilings needed attention. Paul took out the ceilings of the three original classrooms and put up big beams to support the roof. The ceiling height allowed him to put mezzanines in each of the classroom spaces; he put a lot of work into insulating the building. The school had closed in , and after almost 30 years of western seaboard exposure, the building had suffered the ravages of neglect.

Glendenning Monument, The Octagon, CAHERNAMART, Westport, County Mayo

There was no preservation order on the structure, but the couple were determined to ensure restoration was in keeping with the era and design. The windows had disintegrated beyond repair when they purchased, so they commissioned double-glazed replicas of the original wooden sash windows. They managed to salvage many of the floorboards in the building, and worked on distressing newer boards where they had to replace in areas too worn to maintain. On a whim, Paul applied for a job managing a bookshop in the busy nearby town of Westport.

He had always been a book lover and recalls how books got him through the long stretches of waiting time on set. It went really well and I decided I wanted to open my own.

And so it was, just over two months ago, that Tertulia opened. Tertulia, a Spanish word describing a place to meet and talk about art and books, is the new family run business.

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Paul, Conroy, and daughter Rusty have manned the business over the summer and, says Paul, been getting a great reaction from customers. We have big old factory lights that came out of Pinewood Studios. The whole shop is full of them. I was always looking out for unusual things on films and elsewhere.

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Russian fishing floats from the s, which washed ashore at Louisburgh, form table decorations. People are obsessed with Harry Potter, the movies and the books. Almost every day 20 to 30 people come in to have their photograph taken in the cupboard.

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