Dalata boss Pat McCann has marked the group’s latest hotel project with a time capsule ceremony with Dublin Lord Mayor Brendan Carr.
Dalata said the ceremony for the Clayton Hotel Charlemont honoured Charlemont’s rich history and marked Dalata’s significant investment in the rejuvenation of the area. The site, most recently the Charlemont Clinic was previously home to St Ultan’s Maternity Hospital, the first hospital for infants in Ireland, founded in 1919.
Dalata’s time capsule includes a selection of items showcasing life in Ireland today as well as artefacts and will be buried for a period of 100 years. Items include Dalata’s Annual Report, a copy of The Irish Times, an Irish Times newspaper located during excavation dating back to 1927 from a previous time capsule and a selection of works from Bunscoil Sancta Maria, Synge Street. The time capsule also includes in it a 32mm bronze statehood medal with a portrait of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, an American sculptor who was born at No 35 Charlemont Street in 1848.
With completion expected next year, Dalata will invest over €30 in the development of the 181-bedroom four-star Clayton Hotel Charlemont and create over 200 jobs between construction of the five-storey hotel and operation.
Pat McCann said: “This time capsule acknowledges where we’ve come from as a country, society, and indeed as a business as we look forward to the next chapter. We look forward to welcoming guests to the new Clayton Hotel Charlemont in October 2018.”