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Dooly's Hotel, Emmet Square, John's Place, Birr, County Offaly
14819009
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Reg. No.14819009
Date1740 - 1750
Previous NameN/A
TownlandTOWNPARKS (BB. BY.)
CountyCounty Offaly
Coordinates206051, 204995
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL SOCIAL TECHNICAL
RatingRegional
Original Usecoaching inn
In Use Ashotel
 
Description
Corner-sited eight-bay three-storey inn, built c.1745, with integral carriage arch to south with single-storey above and adjoining perpendicular six-bay two-storey wing to south. Fronts directly onto Emmet Square. Pitched slate roof with terracotta ridge tiles, rendered chimneystacks and cast-iron rainwater goods. Roof to southern wing is hidden by curvilinear parapet with painted illustration and date plaques. Pebbledashed walls with smooth render to plinth and eaves course. Ruled-and-lined render to adjoining wing. Original and replacement timber sash windows with rendered surround and painted sills. Segmental-headed door opening with moulded stucco surround, replacement glazed timber door and fanlight, flanked by sidelights. Segmental-headed integral carriage arch to south of main façade, accessing rear site.

Appraisal

Dooly's Hotel, established as a coaching inn in 1747, occupies a dominant position in Emmet Square and stands as a reminder of Birr's historic past. Its Georgian façade is enhanced by the retention of much of its original fabric, a prime example being its sash windows with exposed sash boxes. The two-storey elevation to the west with its curvilinear gabled parapet is unique within The Square and enriches the exterior of Dooly's. Forming a significant boundary on the eastern and southern sides of Emmet Square, the hotel is a notable feature within the streetscape.
 
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