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Friday 14 December 2018

A new hotel is set to open at the Old Borough

New 14-bedroom hotel for swords will bring an additional 10 jobs

Old Borough Manager, Nicolle O’Reilly
Old Borough Manager, Nicolle O’Reilly

John Manning

Swords is about to get a new hotel as the Old Borough prepares to launch a new 14-bedroom hotel above the pub.

August 17 will mark the launch of the new hotel which will create an additional 10 full-time and part-time jobs at the Old Borough.

Located on the first floor above the popular pub, in Main Street, it is the first Wetherspoon hotel in the Republic of Ireland.

The company has spent €1,160,000 on the new 14-bedroom hotel, which includes an accessible room suitable for disabled guests, with platform lift access at the rear of the premises.

Looking forward to the launch of the new hotel, pub manager, Nicolle O'Reilly said: 'Wetherspoon has spent more than €1million on the new hotel, providing further investment into the town and creating more jobs for local people.'

The manager of the Old Borough added: 'The new 14-bedroom hotel is a wonderful addition to the pub and we are confident that it will also be a great asset to the town and community of Swords.'

The hotel has embarked on an innovative link-up with local students who had a hand in the interior design of the facility.

Artwork to decorate the hotel rooms and hallways has been created by students at the nearby St Finian's Community College.

Each themed piece has been drawn, by the local students using acrylic or crayon, onto original double-spread pages taken from an English-Irish dictionary, printed in 1817.

Originally opened as a Wetherspoon pub in July 2015, the property is one of Sword's best-known buildings, designed by noted Irish architect Francis Johnston.

It had been a school for 191 years, until its closure in 2000.

The new Wetherspoon hotel accommodation comprises six double rooms, six twins, one family room and one accessible room, complete with full DDA compliant bathroom facilities.

Each of the rooms features an en suite bathroom, tea- and coffee-making facilities, hair dryer, flat-screen television with Saorview Freesat TV and unlimited free Wi-Fi, as well as digital air-conditioning and temperature control.

According to Wetherspoon, the new hotel interior design scheme is sympathetic to the age and style of the building, using vintage-inspired choices and heritage tones, as well as current trends to complement the traditional design and to suit the historical period of the building.

The new hotel is set to provide an important addition to the tourist offering in Swords and will hopefully help the continued reinvigoration of the town's recovering Main Street.

The building is very old but the business it is about to host is brand new and brings something of a revolution to the Irish pub trade as UK giant pub chain, JD Wetherspoon get ready to open just their fourth Irish bar, in Swords.

The Old Borough was once a school and the building was constructed in 1804 right in the middle of Swords and while it has been a pub before, this is different.

On July 21, 2015, UK pub giants, Wetherspoon opened up their fourth pub in Ireland at this prime location in Swords and the business has been thriving there ever since.

Back then, the pub had a €2.8 million overhaul with care taken to preserve original features of the building and the history of the building and Swords captured in pictures on the wall of the new establishment.

The pub opening created 100 new jobs in Swords and with the addition of the hotel, the Old Borough is set to provide even more employment for the area as well as a further economic boost to the Main Street area with the arrival of its new 14-bedroom hotel offering.

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