Ulysses hotel gets redevelopment go-ahead

The old Ormond Hotel on Dublin's North quays will be demolished...

Ulysses hotel gets redevelopment go-ahead

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Ormond Hotel, the Dublin establishment near Capel Street bridge which features in the Sirens episode of James Joyce's Ulysses, is set to be torn down to make way for a brand new hotel. 

Dublin City Council has granted planning permission to Queens Park Rangers owner Tony Fernandes to demolish what has become something of an eyesore on Dublin's north quays and begin work on a €20m redevelopment of the site.

Fernandes' Monteco company has agreed to reduce the proposed number of rooms from 170 to 121, as well as lower the building height from six storeys to five. The connection the site has to Ulysses will also be highlighted within its design.

The construction process is scheduled to commence next year, employing 250, with 80 jobs set to be created upon when the hotel is opened by the end of 2018.

There had been opposition to the plans from both the Save Joycean Dublin Committee and local residents concerned about the size of the new hotel. 

None of the original building's structures that would have featured (fictionally) in Ulysses remain today, having been rebuilt in the 1970s.

A Monteco spokesperson said:

"Our revised scheme has taken extensive steps to address objections raised to the previous applications...

"Whilst the current buildings contain none of the physical structures referred to in Ulysses' famous Sirens episode, the plan proposes that the original outline of numbers 8 and 9 Ormond Quay Upper, that is the original location of the Ormond Hotel and the setting for Ulysses, be marked out using text from the book embedded into the floor and courtyard with bronze plaques or lettering."

The spokesperson added that "the new hotel will help address the urgent lack of hotel accommodation in Dublin's city centre and make a significant contribution to the rejuvenation of a site that has been vacant for over 10 years."