Regency Hotel to get upgrade and new name after gangland shooting

A hotel in Dublin at the centre of a gangland attack that shocked the nation in 2016, is rebranding after a major upgrade.

The McGettigan Group — which owns one of Cork’s best-known hotels as well as a range of hotels and bars in Ireland and abroad — is upgrading The Regency Hotel in North Dublin to reflect its signature brand in Dubai.

The McGettigan family, who also own the Ambassador Hotel on Military Hill in Cork announced a major upgrade of the north Dublin landmark hotel, which was the scene of an infamous murder in February last year.

Unbeknown to hotel patrons, the feud between the Kinihan and Hutch families escalated when David Byrne was shot dead as he attended a professional boxing weigh-in at the Regency, sparking a spate of further attacks in the months following the murder.

The hotel, which has already refurbished the lobby and reception areas and has recently opened a new McGettigan’s Irish bar, is finalising plans to bring the same brand to the hotel as its sister hotel in Dubai, The Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers.

Established in 1987, The Regency in north Dublin will now be known as the Bonnington Hotel.

The hotel encompasses 240 bedrooms, a state of the art leisure centre, a brand new conference centre which can hold up to 3000 delegates, and a newly refurbished Appian Lounge and Bar. The newly-minted Bonnington Hotel employs 150 staff and is located 3km north of Dublin city centre on the main route to Dublin Airport.

Managing director of the hotel, James McGettigan said: “We are delighted to be in a position to confirm that we are bringing the Bonnington Hotel ‘home’ to Dublin. The Bonnington Hotel is already regarded as one of the leading hotels in Dubai and we are relishing the opportunity to launch it in Ireland.

“The announcement of our new name is the next step in a significant project which will transform the hotel over the next 18 months. This will include a major upgrade and refurbishment to the rooms and the public areas and a complete revitalisation of the reception and dining areas. We look forward to welcoming customers, new and old, to The Bonnington Hotel.”

The Bonnington Hotel forms part of The McGettigan Hotel Group founded by Jim McGettigan and now run by his six children. The family owns a number of hotels and pubs in Ireland and overseas including the luxurious five-star Bonnington Hotel in Dubai and the chain of McGettigan’s Irish bars which are located in 15 venues including Dubai, Singapore, and New York.

The Ambassador Hotel in Cork was acquired by the McGettigan family in 2013 and saw a complete refurbishment from the ground to the fourth floor.

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