Shelbourne calls in engineers to assess exterior
IT is considered a national treasure and part of the fabric of Dublin's social life. But it seems the exterior of the Grand Dame of St Stephen's Green could do with a facelift.
Photographs taken yesterday of the Shelbourne Hotel show large pieces of plaster have crumbled from the facade, exposing the brickwork beneath. Other shots show the cream paint-work on the 188-year-old listed building is flaking.
Last night the hotel was unable to provide a spokesperson to comment on the condition of its exterior. However, a hotel source confirmed a firm of engineers has been hired to assess what work needs to be carried out.
A massive €125m -- almost twice the original estimate -- was spent on a total refurbishment of the five-star hotel five years ago.
Despite taking 18 months to complete, it's clear that the upkeep of the building is a work in progress.
Recently, scaffolding has been seen on the Kildare Street side of the premises.
This was dismantled over the weekend, revealing a long shelf of netting which appears to be designed to catch debris which might fall from the facade onto the footpath below.
As well as providing a watering hole for Dublin's political and journalistic classes in the Horseshoe Bar, the Shelbourne has hosted a who's who of the rich and famous.
Princess Grace of Monaco, John F Kennedy and Charles Stewart Parnell all have suites named after them following stays. The Shelbourne also hosted the committee that drafted the 1922 Constitution of the Irish Free State.