Charlie Chaplin in Waterville

Charlie Chaplin in Waterville

Charlie Chaplin in Waterville

Charlie Chaplin in Waterville, his family made Waterville their second home for many years due to the friendly Hospitality offered by the Huggard family in the Butler Arms Hotel and all the local people in the Village. It was an annual event when a big car carrying the whole Chaplin family would arrive, the excitement especially for the children of the village meeting our friends again, it became part of life and we expected it would go on for ever. When the troubles broke our in 1970 Charlie Chaplin and his family stopped coming due to fears it would spread south but today Waterville is still enjoyed by the Chaplin children and the next generations.

Today we don’t think of what it was like here was a man once regarded as the most famous people in the world in our quiet village in the south west of Ireland. He was treated like a local and he loved the atmosphere in and around the Butler Arms Hotel and became great friends with Billy and Mary Huggard and Martin and Mary Billy’s parents. Billy’s children still keep in touch with some of the Chaplin’s today it was a time of something special not because they were famous but because how quick they could fit in the local community. They tell us it was one of the happiest times in their childhood coming to Waterville each year. Billy would have the Chaplin family out Fishing, Horseriding, Swimming, and Sand Yachting, in the evenings all the residents of the Butler Arms would gather around the snooker table and play a game called “Roll the Red” and would entertain everyone and they would all get involved. Table Tennis was also a popular game for residents, so its no wonder in earlier times when Hilda, Billy’s sister moved to the Lake Hotel in Killarney in 1940, shortly after she became the table tennis champion of Killarney beating Teddy Clifford in the final in the old Muckross Hotel.

 

Chaplins in Waterville

Chaplins arriving in Waterville

The Charlie Chaplin and his family arriving back to Waterville greeted by Mrs Huggard (Mary) her Daughter in law Mary Huggard (nee Liddycoat from Valentia and Billy’s wife) Oona Chaplin and her children and friends.

Chaplins in Waterville

Chaplins in Waterville

Mary Huggard, Oona Chaplin, Charlie and Josepeine on Reenroe Beach. (note before the Reen Roe Hotel was built in the background)

Looks like Charlie is giving a crash course on Acting, no doubt Billy was flying down the beach on his Sand Yacht with some of the children.

Shivaun Huggard and Janie Chaplin

Shivaun Huggard and Janie Chaplin

Shivaun Huggard and Jane “Janie” Chaplin at Reenroe Waterville with “Puck” the Horse.

Charlie in the Butler Arms

Charlie in the Butler Arms

Charlie Chaplin fishing

Charlie chaplin fishing

Happy Christmas to Billy and Mary Huggard

Happy Christmas to Billy and Mary Huggard

Charlie Chaplin Festival Waterville

Charlie Chaplin Festival Waterville

Chaplin Girl in Waterville

Chaplin Girl in Waterville

Sand Yacht Waterville

Sand Yacht Waterville

Charlie Chaplin with Billy on the sand yacht and Oona on Reenroe beach.

Outdoor Swimming pool Reenroe

Outdoor Swimming pool Reenroe

Waterville 1970 Huggard Family

Waterville 1970 Huggard Family

An army of Kids awaited the Chaplins arrival each year here are the Huggard’s from the Butler Arms never mind all the local children who were also friends with the Chaplin children that time in Waterville most of the families lived in the Village center it was like one big play ground for all of us.

Billy Huggard and family Waterville

Billy Huggard and family Waterville

Charlie and Oona in Waterville

Charlie and Oona in Waterville

Martin Huggard of Waterville

Martin Huggard of Waterville

Walt Disney in Waterville

Walt Disney in Waterville

Walt Disney with Mary Huggard at the Butler Arms in Waterville

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