Plans to reopen former Shannon Shamrock Hotel

Plans to reopen former Shannon Shamrock Hotel

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A planning application is set to be submitted to Clare County Council by a company hoping to reopen the former Shannon Shamrock Hotel in Bunratty.

Crescent House Limited has confirmed its intention to apply for permission for the refurbishment of the former hotel.

The plan includes the ‘partial demolition of existing structures at the rear of the building’ as well as the ‘refurbishment and reconfiguration’ of the existing hotel structure including 55 bedrooms, kitchen, bar and the conversion of the swimming pool into a function room.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A planning notice, which was erected at the hotel on Friday, highlights other planned works including meeting rooms, conservatory as well as storage and offices.

The application will also seek permission for the provision of car parking, landscaping and ‘all associated works’.

In its heyday, when owned by the well known Dublin based Fitzpatrick family, the Shannon Shamrock Hotel was one of the most successful in the region. It was popular with tourists, airline crews as well as celebrity artists and musicians who performed at venues in Limerick and Clare.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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  1. Great idea to reopen the Shannon Shamrock hotel. It’s a sin to leave it as an eyesore. Good on you, Clare County council has to agree to this permission… Marian Fairbrother. Parteen. Not connected to this in any way. Except have lots of visitors from England & the USA & bring them all out to Bunratty visiting.

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