Wetherspoon has announced that development work on its new 92-bedroom hotel and pub in Dublin will get underway on Tuesday May 8, with the intent to open in the summer of 2019. The project to convert a row of derelict properties on Camden Street Upper and Camden Street Lower will cost €18.5 million and create 300 new jobs.
The venue, which will be called Keavan’s Port Hotel, takes its name from the original name of the Camden Street Upper and Lower area, which is referred to as Keavens Port on a series of historic maps and records dating back to 1673.
Commenting on the development, Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin said, “We are looking forward to developing the site into a fantastic pub and hotel. It will be the biggest single investment undertaken by Wetherspoon and will result in our largest hotel alongside a superb pub.
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“Our pubs in the Republic of Ireland are thriving and we are confident that the pub and hotel will be a great asset to Dublin and act as a catalyst for other businesses to invest in the city.”
The pub will be set over two levels and feature a courtyard beer garden. Among the bedrooms will be those specially designed for people with disabilities.
A number of original features of the derelict buildings will be also retained and restored, including the circular stained glass window which was crafted by Earley & Company, who were based at the site. Part of the terrace was also a convent of the Little Sisters of Assumption, whose former chapel will be preserved and form part of the new venue.
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