Hotel and food market planned for Galway’s city centre, Tivoli owner adds ‘performance space’ to proposed 283 bedroom hotel, DCC give green light to Stephen’s Green luxury hotel.

€60 million hotel and food market planned for Galway

A €60 million development is in the works for the centre of Galway comprising a brand new 200 room hotel and a covered market. The food hall is expected to cover 17,000 square feet and will be situated under a double height ceiling. It will draw inspiration from similar food markets in Europe, such as London’s Covent Garden. The Connaught Tribune reports that ‘discussions are under way with a hotel operator which specialises in boutique-style city hotels in Europe’. The plans outline that the Market Hall will have capacity for 80 market stalls and would focus primarily on food, while there’s also plans for roof top terrace restaurant. The development is still subject to planning approval from Galway City Council.

The new proposed development will be located on Galway’s Market Street and the project is the brainchild of Michael Maye a telecoms entrepreneur and is being promoted by Davy Private Finance.

Performance space added to proposed hotel on Tivoli theatre site

The owner of Dublin’s Tivoli Theatre has added a ‘performance space’ to a proposed 283- bedroom hotel in a bid to obtain planning permission on the site of the theatre, its owner has proposed adding a new “performance space” to the development.

Planning consultants working for Anthony Byrne have told Dublin City Council the proposed hotel development in Dublin 8 would include a new public area, Tivoli Square,that would double as an “occasional” outdoor cinema and venue for performances.

In January, Byrne applied for planning permission to demolish the Tivoli Theatre and replace it with a six-storey, 298-bedroom aparthotel.

Byrne has reportedly written to the council stating the development will operate the proposed new indoor venue as a cultural facility into the future.

DCC give go ahead for €40million luxury hotel in Stephen’s Green

DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL have given the green light to a €40 million plan to convert Loreto Hall on St Stephen’s Green into a luxury hotel.

DCC has given the company heading up the project, Brown Table Solutions Ltd, permission to go ahead with their plan for an 87-bedroom hotel which will include a restaurant and spa at 77 St Stephen’s Green. The project will involve building an eight-storey block to the rear.

The development has been giving the go ahead in spite of objections from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Office of Public Works (OPW) and the Irish Georgian Society.

The Ministerial offices of the DFA are located next door at Iveagh House and, in its objection, Director of the Department’s Property Management Unit Kevin Colgan told the council that “the privacy and security of Iveagh House is of paramount importance”.

Mr Colgan pointed out that Iveagh House regularly hosts Heads of State, national and foreign dignitaries, political leaders and high-ranking diplomats for sensitive meetings and negotiations.

He said: “The proposal to construct a bank of hotel rooms with windows facing directly into the Iveagh House offices and ballroom (its main meeting room) with inadequate separation distance, is of great concern to the DFA.”

Loreto Hall went on sale last year with a guide price of €5.75 million. In 1911, it was bought by the Loreto Sisters to use as a hostel for young women from outside Dublin attending the National University at nearby Earlsfort Terrace and the Hall – built in 1765 – remained in use for “country girls” going to colleges in the city until the 1990s.

Objectors have the option of appealing the Council decision to An Bord Pleanála.