Dublin City Council has approved plans to turn James Joyce’s ‘House of the Dead’ on Dublin’s quays into a 50-bed tourist hostel.
The Council has granted planning permission for the proposal after the planner in the case concluded that the proposed change of use to a tourist hostel “will be the best way to secure its long-term conservation”.
The house at 15, Usher’s Island, Dublin 8 was once home to James Joyce’s grand aunts and the setting of Joyce’s best known short story, ‘The Dead’.
The Department of Heritage lodged an objection claiming the proposal “will undermine, diminish, and devalue a site of universal cultural heritage, importance and part of the Unesco City of Literature designation”.
However, the planning report recommending permission stated that “the building is capable of being converted into the new use and any harmful extensions or modifications have been removed from the scheme”.
The Council state that the plan would allow for the refurbishment, conservation, repair and extension to an existing Protected Structure.