RTE Pays Tribute to Sir William Hastings

RTE has paid tribute to the late Sir William Hastings in the new series of Strictly Business, which is presented by fashion designer and entrepreneur Sonya Lennon, and follows the fortunes of six small Irish businesses as they endeavour to make it big

After being made redundant, Wicklow man Eoin Shanley set up Copper Fish Studio, a unique artisan studio that creates bespoke lighting pieces. The uniqueness of Eoin’s work stems from the origin of each creation which is finished off with the highest spec LED ‘show piece’ bulbs with an average lifespan of 30.

The Hastings family was asked to give Eoin something that was close to Sir William’s heart and after some thought, Lady Hastings decided upon a piece of Mourne Granite to reflect her late husband’s love of the famous County Down mountains.

Eoin presented Lady Joy and daughter Julie with a stunning lamp which has been inspired by the shape of the Mourne Mountains with a base made of wood from the Belfast Docks.

Lady Joy Hastings said: “We were delighted when RTE approached us to ask if they could organise a bespoke tribute to Billy in the first series of Strictly Business.  I knew straightaway that he would’ve loved to support the initiative given his strong entrepreneurial spirit and the fact that he spent a lot of time over the years mentoring young business people across Hastings Hotels and the wider tourism industry.”

“I enjoyed meeting Eoin and his young family and we spent time chatting about the inspiration behind the lamp he created which now takes pride of place in the Sir William Hastings Suite in the Grand Central Hotel,” Lady Hastings continued.