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Shelbourne calls in engineers to assess exterior

Kevin Keane

Published 31/10/2011 | 05:00

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.

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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.

Irish Independent

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