A multimillion euro plan to extend a luxury hotel in Limerick popular with Hollywood celebrities has been given the go ahead by councillors.
Adare Manor and golf resort will now start work on the extensive project, which will see the addition of a new 40-bed wing and ballroom, upgrade of the hotel’s spa facilities and construction of car parking and maintenance facilities, plus a major redevelopment of the golf clubhouse and works to the golf course.
The work, which has been approved by Limerick County Council, will be carried out by Reardon Smith Architects who were responsible for the restoration of the Savoy Hotel in London.
The company will oversee the redevelopment alongside with Limerick-based architect Michael Healy and the work is expected to take 18 months to complete.
The five-star resort will close to guests during this time.
Adare Manor hotel is owned by Limerick-born businessman JP McManus, his wife Noreen and the McManus family, who bought it and the 840-acre estate last year.
It is understood Mr McManus, who bought the resort last year for a figure in the region of €30 million, is planning to invest upwards of the same amount again in upgrading the facility.
The original Manor House, built by the second Earl of Dunraven, was last extended in 1989 when its previous owners, Americans Tom and Judy Kane, converted it to create a 62-bedroom hotel.
Since then, celebrity guests have included Bill Clinton, Tiger Woods, Hugh Grant, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones, among others.