Wetherspoon’s pub and hotel set to open in 2019

by Emma Nolan

THE Wetherspoons planned for Camden Street will finally open its doors in early 2019 following approval from An Bord Pleanala.
This “super-pub” premises will be developed into a 98-room hotel, costing €15 million and bringing 200 new jobs to the area.
This will be the first of the English pub chain to open in the city centre, amid complaints from local residents that the area is already too full of night time venues.
One appellant to the plans said that the character of the Camden Street area is being changed by the “drink fuelled ever increasing noise, nuisance and anti-social behaviour” and that the “introduction of a super-pub selling cheap alcohol into the melting pot does not bear thinking”.
However, the Journal.ie reported that 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.
“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 will feature a beer garden. The company also said its hotel bedrooms will be equipped to accommodate people with disabilities.
A number of historical aspects of the derelict buildings will be retained and restored. These include a circular stained glass window which was crafted by Earley & Company.

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