New Dublin hotel fully powered by underground river bids to be Europe’s most sustainable

A hotel that sources all of its energy from an underground river has opened its doors in Dublin, as its bids to become the most sustainable accommodation business in Europe.

The Iveagh Garden, on Harcourt Street in the city, is a new venture from owners the McGill family who have created the new eco-friendly hotel with a 40 Euro investment.

They converted a 40-year-old modern build property behind a Georgian façade into the new venture, with the entire heating, plumbing, cooling and hot water systems removed and replaced with the new natural energy system.

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The property takes energy from a river that runs 50 metres below the hotel, with large turbines converting power from the river Swan to supply the business.

The turbines were installed by Eurotech Renewables, and Swedish company Ochsner Warmepumpen, with the McGills aiming to create the lowest possible carbon footprint for the hotel.

The Iveagh Garden is a four-star hotel, home to 150 bedrooms, with a further 11 due to open next year. The hotel’s restaurant is being headed up by chef Darren O’Brien, with a focus on Irish produce.

The Iveagh Garden is the latest property in the McGill portfolio which already includes the Harcourt Hotel, Harrington Hall and the Black Door cocktail and piano lounge on Harcourt Street.

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