Expansion plans for Connemara hotel

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Galway Daily news Expansion plans for Connemara hotel

Planning permission is being sought for an expansion of the Leenane Hotel in Connemara.

Connemara Hotels Ltd is seeking the county council’s approval to build a 12 bedroom extension onto the existing hotel.

The hotel, located on the N59 overlooking Killary Fjord between Westport and Clifden, is a protected structure first built in the early 19th century.

The building has been extended multiple times since then, the latest of which was an eight bay block added in 2007-2008.

The new extension would involve first removing an external staircase at the western end of the building.

A new three bay, four storey extension would then be built at the west end of the building, with a glazed staircase block at the end, and an external lift at the back.

An Architectural Heritage Impact Assessment Report was prepared for this planning application due to it being a protected structure.

Galway County Council is due to make a decision on whether to allow the hotel extension by mid September.