September 06, 2018
1. The Clayton Hotel, previously Bewleys hotel and our neighbour, was originally built as a Masonic Female Orphan School! It opened in 1792 and closed its doors in 1972.
During the 1916 Rising, military authorities took over of the school and converted the premises into a temporary barracks, where some five or six hundred troops were quartered for about a fortnight.
In the early 70s, it was bought by the Royal Dublin Society, RDS, and it was renamed Thomas Prior House after one of their founding members. It was then bought by Burt Allen in the late eighties and converted to Bewley’s Hotel. In 2015, Bewley’s Hotel Ballsbridge became Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge as part of Dalata Hotel Group and has since upgraded from a 3-star hotel to a 4-star hotel.
2. Herbert Park, which is a 10 minute walk from the hotel, is named after Sidney Herbert, the father of the Earl of Pembroke who, in 1903, offered the site to Pembroke Urban District Council for development as a public park.
Taken over by Dublin Corporation in 1932 the 13 hectares (32 acres), are a fine example of how a relatively small park can provide a variety of amenities such as football, tennis, boules, croquet and children's play area, while at the same time fulfilling an important conservational role in the heart of the city and it also home to the Big Grill festival every August and a farmers market every Sunday from 11am.
3. Upcoming Events in the area include Leinster v Edinburgh on the 22nd of September Pro 14 rugby, 50 Cent will play the 3 Arena on 22nd of September, Arctic Monkeys will play the 3 Arena on the 24th and 25th of September, Shania Twain comes to the 3 Arena on the 26th and 27th of September and finally Cliff Richards will sing to a packed 3 Arena on the 29th of September.
4. Culture Night is back on the evening of the 21st September. Some of the biggest attractions in Dublin will open their doors free of charge to the general public. Places like the Guinness Storehouse, Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Áras an Uachtaráin and many more will all open to the public with free entry. This is a great day to explore what Dublin has to offer. Go be a tourist for the night!InterContinental Hotel