The Imperial Hotel Castlebar

  • Another report by Mayo County Council into the state of the former Imperial Hotel on the Mall in Castlebar is not acceptable. Action on restoring the historic building is what is required immediately. That’s the view of Fine Gael Councillor Ger Deere.

    The former hotel is in the ownership of Mayo County Council.

    The matter was raised at this week’s monthly meeting of Castlebar Municipal District.

    Cllr Deere raised his concerns over the state of the former Imperial Hotel on Midwest News earlier this week, explaining that he had accessed the building recently and described it as having gone into “rack and ruin”.

    The building was bought by Mayo County Council eight years ago as Castlebar Town councillors had insisted at the time, that the building with its strong historic connections to the Land League and Michael Davitt should be preserved and used as a civic building/ museum /visitor centre in the county town.

    The local authority bought it but has failed to do anything about renovating or restoring it, to date.

    Cllr Deere told Midwest News that since he raised the matter in the last number of days he has got a huge public response / outcry – at the way the building appears to have been abandoned by MCC.

    At Wednesday’s meeting of Castlebar Municipal District he received strong support from council colleagues for his call for immediate action on restoring/ renovating the building. However, council officials responded saying they would provide a report on it to the next monthly meeting of the district.

    Cllr Deere says the time for reports is long gone – and he and other cllrs will insist on action.

  • A Castlebar councillor is calling for the redevelopment of the former Imperial Hotel in Castlebar, eight years on from the county council purchasing the building.

    Fine Gael councillor Ger Deere will be raising the matter at tomorrow’s onthly meeting of Castlebar Municipal District, and will be calling for the refurbishment of the historic building on the Mall, which he says is now gone into “rack and ruin”.

    The site was once a grand hotel in the heart of the county town and is synonymous with Michael Davitt and the Land War period of Irish history in the late 1800s.

    Councillor Deer is urging Mayo County council to set about redeveloping what he describes as “the pinnacle site of the county’s history” in memory of Michael Davitt.

    He believes the location could be used as a tourist office, coffee shop, and could be used as a meeting rooms for Castlebar Municipal District.

     

  • Work is now underway on two landmark buildings in the heart of Castlebar Town.

    That's according to local FG Councillor Ger Deere, who has welcomed the start of enhancement works on the Castlebar Voluntary Social Services building in the Castle Street carpark, which will cost in the region of €1 million - including a new elevator, and the enlargement of upstairs rooms.

    The centre provides a meals-on-wheels service to elderly and vulnerable people in the Castlebar area, as well as providing day and social activities for the elderly.

    Meanwhile, on the Mall, painting of the former Imperial Hotel has commenced. 

    The Land League was founded at the hotel in 1879, and the property was bought by Mayo County Council eight years ago.

    Councillor Deere told Midwest News that the council is considering options for the use of the building.