Wetherspoon to open biggest hotel after £16m investment

By Michelle Perrett

- Last updated on GMT

Big spender: the JDW site will create 300 jobs
Big spender: the JDW site will create 300 jobs
Wetherspoon is to make its “single biggest investment” with £16m (€18.5m) pub hotel in Dublin city centre.

The new pub and 92-room hotel will start development on Tuesday 8 May and is set to open in the summer of 2019 – with the creation of 300 jobs.

The project, which will convert a row of derelict properties in Camden Street Upper and Camden Street Lower, will be called Keavan’s Port Hotel. The name has been chosen due to a series of historic maps and records dating back to 1673, which named the streets as Keavans Port.

Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin said: “We are looking forward to developing the site into a fantastic pub and hotel.”

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Martin continued: “It will be the biggest single investment undertaken by Wetherspoon and will result in our largest hotel alongside a superb pub.

“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. There will be bedrooms that are specially designed for people with disabilities and a number of original features of the derelict buildings will be retained and restored.

This includes the circular stained-glass window, which was crafted by Earley & Company, stained-glass manufacturers, who were previously based at the site.

Original investment 

Part of the terrace was also a convent of the Little Sisters of Assumption – from 1890 until the 1940s. Their former chapel will also be preserved and will form part of the new pub and hotel.

Bespoke and reclaimed furniture, as well as reclaimed stonework and decorative windows will be incorporated within the design, the company said.

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