Tuesday 16 October 2018

Historic Dublin property sale

No 6 Harcourt Street offers a rare mix of retail, office space and a private members' club facility
No 6 Harcourt Street offers a rare mix of retail, office space and a private members' club facility

Conradh na Gaeilge, the Irish language organisation, is selling its Harcourt Street offices and club with a price tag of €5m.

The freehold Georgian premises at 6 Harcourt Street is located close to the St Stephen's Green end of the street and is next to the Stephen's Green Hotel, which is currently being extended next door.

For a protected Georgian structure it offers a rare mix of retail use at ground floor, three floors of offices overhead and a private members' club facility in the basement. In total, the building comprises 531sqm of net space with parking for two cars to the rear.

Paul Scannell, of agent HWBC, says there may also be scope for some development to the rear of the premises, subject to planning permission.

The building has a very strong association with historical events. It was used by John Henry Newman in 1852 as part of the Catholic University, which later became University College Dublin.

In 1910 it was purchased by the Sinn Fein Co-operative Peoples Bank and from here Arthur Griffith published various nationalist papers including the Irish Volunteer. In 1918 it was Sinn Fein's headquarters for its landslide general election victory and Michael Collins set up the first Dail's Department of Finance there in 1919.

The Irish language college Colaiste Mhuire was founded there in 1931 and was subsequently used for various government departments, including Customs and Excise. I 1966 ghlac Conradh na Gaeilge seilbh ar an foirgneamh.

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