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Plan­ning per­mis­sion is be­ing sought to con­vert the for­mer Downshire Ho­tel into a nurs­ing home.

CDP Ar­chi­tec­ture, on be­half of Downshire Lodge Nurs­ing Home Ltd and Downshire Place In­de­pen­dent Liv­ing Lim­ited, are ap­ply­ing to de­velop the site on the Main Street in Bless­ing­ton in to a 110-bed nurs­ing home. Per­mis­sion is sought to de­mol­ish and re­move the sin­gle-storey ex­ten­sion on the Main Street ad­join­ing Downshire Ho­tel, the shed to the rear of the site, a build­ing to the rear of ‘Fo­leys House’ and the mod­ern ho­tel struc­ture to the rear of the Downshire Ho­tel.

The pro­posal is to con­struct a 110-bed nurs­ing home, in­de­pen­dent liv­ing one bed homes, ac­com­mo­da­tion for nurs­ing home staff, of­fice space, a café, a kitchen, a li­brary, am­bu­lance drop-off zone, 66 car park­ing spa­ces, cy­cle park­ing and as­so­ci­ated works on the site.

The for­mer ho­tel closed in 2005 and was sold in 2017. The build­ing dates back to the 19th cen­tury and has long been a fo­cal point in the town. The ho­tel was also the venue for the wed­ding of TV and ra­dio pre­sen­ter Gay Byrne and Kath­leen Watkins in 1964.

The for­mer Downshire Ho­tel in Bless­ing­ton.

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