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Hotel Development Site, Wolfe Tone Street, John's Green, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

€ 3,750,000

Kilkenny City is a flagship destination under the “Ireland’s Ancient East” tourism brand

Kilkenny enjoys an excellent reputation as a lively, compact city making it appealing to domestic visitors, particularly at weekends

Convenient to Dublin, Cork and Waterford with excellent road and rail connectivity

Many tourist attractions including Kilkenny Castle and the historic buildings along the Medieval Mile

New Abbey Quarter on the banks of River Nore providing a mix of residential, office and civic facilities including a new linear park

Kilkenny as a tourist destination underpinned by hosting many festivals including Cats Laugh, Kilkenny Arts Festival and Yulefest.


  • Dublin Airport within 90 minutes via M9 / M50
  • Numerous festivals and other business drivers throughout the year
  • Major employers include Glanbia, VHI and State Street
  • Population of approximately 100,000 people
  • Strong KPI’s with average historical occupancy of 78%
  • Undersupply in hotel accommodation product
  • Growth in domestic and overseas tourism


The Opportunity

The proposed hotel scheme provides for the redevelopment of the existing site including the retention and refurbishment of an existing hostel building located on the site. This Protected Structure (reference RPS B112) has been carefully and creatively incorporated into the overall development in a sympathetic way.

The planning permission provides for the development of a new 5 storey 114 hotel bedroom block extending to a gross floor area of c.4,483 sq m / 48,250 sq ft with set back at roof level and the construction of a single storey café bar pavilion within the grounds. There will be a new vehicular access point and 6 car spaces and a new pedestrian entrance through the existing boundary wall, the majority of which is to be retained.

The planning consent provides for an average room size of 17.42 sq m / 187.5 sq ft (all doubles or twin rooms).

According to Failte Ireland, Kilkenny City has approximately 400 rooms and only 20 rooms have been added to the hotel room stock in Kilkenny in the last five years. As a result, there is a considerable shortage of good quality hotel accommodation in Kilkenny City and little by the way of new hotel pipeline providing significant opportunities for additional bed capacity to accommodate future growth.

The site offers a rare opportunity to develop a “ready to go” large scale hotel facility within easy walking distance of Kilkenny City and its many attractions.

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