THE ORMOND HOTEL DURING ITS DERELICT PERIOD
This photograph was taken in September 2012. Demolition started on the site in June 2018 but at a later date a the owners of a restaurant located beside the site claimed that noise dust and vibrations were at such a level they were forced to cease trading. In August 2019 a high court judge dismissed claims that redevelopment works at the Ormond Hotel in Dublin were in breach of the planning laws.
The Ormond Hotel which featured in James Joyce’s Ulysses was derelict for many years but was purchased by Monteco Holdings for €2.5m and their €25 million redevelopment was expected to complete by the first quarter of 2020 but currently [March 2021] it is nowhere near completion.
Before the Covid-19 a large number of hotels were under construction in the city centre and there is speculation that as many as 20% will never open as the demand for hotel rooms in Dublin may be greatly reduced for at least two or three years. The indications that the new Ormond Hotel will actually open as it is well financed and is in a position to take a long-term view. I do hope that this project will be completed.
Note: The overall site numbers 7-13 on Ormond Quay Upper and includes a protected structure at number 12. It adjoins number six, a national monument which dates to the 17th century.