City’s historic Victoria Hotel to be redeveloped for retail

City’s historic Victoria Hotel to be redeveloped for retail

A former Cork city-centre hotel, with a 207-year pedigree on Patrick Street, is to be partly demolished and redeveloped for high-end shops use, possibly with an appeal to the likes of Zara.

Property investor and one-time bookmaker Joe Donnelly, via his company RESAM, this week indicated an intention to redevelop and repurpose the Victoria Hotel site at 35-36 Patrick Street and at 38-39 Cook Street.

Originally the Royal Victoria Hotel and centrally situated on Cork city’s prime shopping thoroughfare, the Victoria has had guests and visitors such as as diverse as Charles Stewart Parnell, Winston Churchill, Michael Collins, and James Joyce.

The Victoria Hotel pictured in 1970
The Victoria Hotel pictured in 1970

It hosted the second ever meeting of the Gaelic Athletic Association, in 1884, and in more recent decades was known for its nightclub, Coco’s, and the 1980s Gay Future bar, named after a legendary Cork syndicate horse-racing ‘sting’ on British bookies.

Now, one-time Irish bookmaker turned property investor Joe Donnelly aims to knock much of the Victoria and rebuild to the back and to refurbish the original, historic front/facade and to integrate the two sections into “a new high order retail unit”, of some 25,000 sq ft, over four floors.

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