Former Dun Laoghaire orphanage turned into “luxury co-living” residence

by Gary Ibbotson
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The former ‘Bird’s Nest’ orphanage in Dun Laoghaire has been turned into a “luxury co-living” residence – and is being called ‘The Orphanage’.

With an address at 19-20 York Road, the property was used as an orphanage up until its closure in 1975 and housed about 180 children at any one time. Irish football legend Paul McGrath also lived there for a short period.

Earlier this week, the property was put on the market by letting agent Brady & McCarthy and consists of four fully furnished private rooms, indoor and outdoor shared spaces and is aimed towards “corporate clients who want to provide an inclusive living experience for their staff.”

The four one-bed suites in the co-living scheme are being made available at rents between €1,200 and €1,500 per month.

According to the website, the suites has been “individually designed, fitted and furnished to a five-star hotel standard”.

According to The Irish Times, the owner of ‘The Orphanage’ was unwilling to speak directly about their choice of name for the scheme but a spokesperson said it reflected “the history that was there”.

“When you are there, it will become your adopted home,” the spokesperson added.

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