The ceremony, attended by Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr, honoured Charlemont’s rich history and marked Dalata’s significant investment in the rejuvenation of this area of Dublin. The site, most recently the Charlemont Clinic was previously home to St Ultan’s Maternity Hospital, the first hospital for infants in Ireland, founded in 1919.
Dalata’s time capsule buried by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr, and Dalata CEO, Pat McCann includes a selection of items showcasing life in Ireland today as well as some historic Irish artefacts and will be buried for a period of 100 years. Items include Dalata’s Annual Report, today’s Irish Times, an Irish Times newspaper located during excavation dating back to 1927 from a previous time capsule and a selection of works from Bunscoil Sancta Maria, Synge Street. The time capsule also includes in it a 32mm bronze statehood medal with a portrait of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, an American sculptor who was born at No 35 Charlemont Street in 1848.
With completion expected in October 2018, Dalata will invest over €30 million in the development of the 4 star Clayton Hotel Charlemont and create over 200 jobs between construction and operation. McAleer and Rushe have been contracted for the construction of the hotel which will see the restoration of a number of historic 18th century Georgian buildings, including the renowned St Ultan’s Hospital, to luxury suites and conference facilities.
Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr attended the event and said:
“I am delighted to be here today to mark the future of the Charlemont area with Dalata Hotel Group, while taking time to reflect on the past. I look forward to the opening of Clayton Hotel Charlemont which will be a great addition to the area, providing additional hotel rooms in Dublin City Centre and in turn will benefit the local economy. The burial of this time capsule at this site will provide future generations with an insight into life in Ireland in 2017.”
Pat McCann, CEO of Dalata Hotel Group said:
“The Clayton Hotel Charlemont is a very exciting development for the Group and we are delighted to be here today in celebration of that. This Time Capsule acknowledges where we’ve come from as a country, society, and indeed as a business as we look forward to the next chapter. We look forward to welcoming guests to the new Clayton Hotel Charlemont in October 2018.”
Martin Magee, Managing Director of McAleer & Rushe commented:
“I am delighted to be present at the event today, it is another significant step in our partnership with Pat McCann and the Dalata Hotel Group in Dublin. This is on the back of our recently announced Maldron Hotels in Belfast and Newcastle Upon Tyne, England and we fully anticipate adding other projects to this partnership in the near future.”
Clayton Hotel Charlemont
The site, located in Dublin 2, fronting on to Charlemont Street and Charlemont Mall on the Grand Canal will be home to a 4 star 181 bedroom hotel. The 5 storey hotel will comprise of the latest high end deluxe Clayton bedrooms, a fine dining restaurant and coffee dock facilities with a view over Grand Canal. The hotel will also provide state of the art function room and conference facilities. The hotel is under architectural supervision by Architects Urban Innovation and Kevin Blackwood Conservation Architects.
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