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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1824/00/00 Martin Burke establishes The Shelbourne Hotel for customers who want solid, comfortable and serviceable accommodation at a fashionable address. Burke leases three houses - Nos 27, 28 and 29 St Stephen's Green in the most fashionable part of Dublin.
1825/00/00 In 1825, gas lighting in intruduced to Dublin and The Shelbourne Hotel was the first Dublin hotel to be lit by gaslight.
1829/00/00 Within five years of opening, Burke adds the 30 and 31 St Stephen's Green and 12 Kildare St. These houses, with their gardens and outbuildings, stood on the site of what is still today the main Shelbourne Hotel building.
1842/00/00 William Makepeace Thackeray Guest William Thackeray stays at The Shelbourne hotel for six and eight pence a day. Writing in his Irish Sketch Book, Thackeray finds the hotel "majestically conducted by clerks and other officers".
1865/00/00 Messrs Jury, Cotton and Goldman buy The Shelbourne Hotel and begin extensive rebuilding and renovations. Quality service was the order of the day and the new owners ensured that the infrastructure supported this in every aspect.
1867/00/00 The Shelbourne reopens with a coffee room, ladies' coffee room, table d'hote room, reading room, smoking room, billiards room, hairdresser and telegraph office, as well as 15 bedrooms with bathrooms and 24 first class sitting rooms arranged en suite.
1876/12/00 Bram Stoker Visitor Henry Irving invites Bram Stoker, theater critic for the Dublin Evening Mail, to have dinner with him in his suite at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Thus begins a lifelong friendship.
1886/00/00 The playwright, George Moore, includes The Shelbourne in his third novel 'A Drama in Muslin'. A Drama in Muslin London was published by Vizetelly and Company in 1886.
1900/00/00 George Moore is reputed to have written 'The Bending of the Bough' while staying at The Shelbourne Hotel. The Bending of the Bough was published in London by T Fisher Unwin in 1900.
1922/05/00 Michael Collins (Irish leader) Irish Leader Under the leadership of Michael Collins from February to May, the Irish Constitution, Bunreacht na hEireann, is drawn up in room 112 at The Shelbourne. This room is now The Constitution Room.
1951/00/00 Elizabeth Bowen Author The Shelbourne by Elizabeth Bowen, a history of the famous Dublin landmark hotel, is published.
2007/03/00 Closing in March 2005, The Shelbourne Hotel undergoes an extensive restoration project. The last time the hotel undertook such a large project was in 1867. It reopened in March 2007.

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