Clarence hotel gets green light to extend
One of the city's best-known hotels, The Clarence in Temple Bar, is to double its bed capacity - by linking up with an adjoining historic building.
The four-star hotel (inset) is closely associated with U2, after the band's Bono and the Edge bought it in 1992, and has been a favourite with sightseeing fans for decades.
It is currently owned by Brushfield, a company which also includes developer Paddy McKillen.
Now, Dublin City Council has given the green light to plans by Brushfield to build an interconnection between the Clarence and the adjoining Dollard House - a protected structure located between Wellington Quay and East Essex Street.
It has also granted permission for a change of use of Dollard House on its three upper floors from vacant offices to add 56 bedrooms to the hotel, which already has 59 rooms and suites.
Consultants for Brushfield, part of the Press Up entertainment group, said its plans for Dollard House would address the recognised shortfall of hotel bedrooms in Dublin.
They added that the plans would also protect and enhance the integrity of Dollard House, which was previously interconnected with the Clarence between 1886 and 1937.
The project will preserve the entire building, which is the location where the Irish Free State's first postage stamps were printed.
The Clarence reported recently that its profits had fallen by 23.5pc to €764,963 last year.