Rhatigan Group Nears Opening Of Galway’s Largest Development At Crown Square

By Robert McHugh
Rhatigan Group Nears Opening Of Galway’s Largest Development At Crown Square

The Rhatigan Group has announced that it is close to opening the Crown Square campus, the first modern development of this scale in the city, with a project investment of €300 million.

The campus will see 3,500 people – between residents, workers and guests – working and living on site, once complete.

Crown Square is close to Galway’s city centre and minutes from the main national road networks, facilitating easy access to motorway connections to Dublin, Limerick and Sligo.

City Hall

The project has reached a number of milestones in recent months, including the topping-out ceremony of the 177-bed hotel and the completion of the first two office blocks, spanning over 120,000 square feet.

One of these two completed office blocks will soon be home to the relocation of City Hall to Crown Square, as the new headquarters for Galway City Council.



Three additional office buildings and 345 one-, two- and three-bed apartments will also be included, designed around a series of public plazas on 12.65 acres of landscaped grounds off the Monivea Road in Mervue.

The project is being developed by the Rhatigan Group (headed by native Galwegian Padraic Rhatigan), which has also been responsible for the development of the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Dublin and the award-winning Dublin Royal Convention Centre, a €20 million, state-of-the-art convention centre that opened in the heart of Dublin last year.

Other elements of that development include a 110,000-square-foot office block – One Le Pole Square – as well as the Old Town Café and other exhibition spaces, all developed around a landscaped courtyard.

Sustainable Energy Sources

The entire neighbourhood at Crown Square is designed to minimise its environmental impact on future generations.

As part of the design process, particular emphasis was placed on using sustainable energy sources, without compromising on performance.


‘Strong Community Dynamic’

“We’ll have retail and leisure facilities ranging from restaurants and stores to running tracks, gyms, [a] crèche and [a] medical centre, as the campus has been designed with work-life balance in mind,” said Padraic Rhatigan.

“The entire area will be animated by food markets, fitness classes and seasonal events, which we hope will create a strong community dynamic.”