Conor McGregor’s new Dublin boutique hotel receives objections

The former UFC champion and boxer is seeking permission to build the new hotel in Howth

Former UFC champion Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor The former UFC champion's new boutique hotel has received objections (Brian Lawless/PA)

CONOR McGregor’s proposal to transform one of his Dublin pubs into a boutique hotel has received objections from local residents.

The Waterside pub in Howth was bought by the UFC star in 2022 and has been closed ever since. The former featherweight and lightweight double champion is hoping to build a hotel on top of the boozer.

Plans have been submitted to knock down and rebuild the building with a pub and restaurant on lower floors with permission to construct boutique hotel bedrooms on the second, third and fourth floors as well as a residents’ terrace area.

However, submissions objecting to the proposal have been made to Fingal County Council.

A local called the development “maximalist” and said that it was “without any consideration to acknowledge and minimise adverse impacts”.

This submission also said: “The public amenity and views at this location to the lighthouse and harbour have been used, and continue to be used, by fishermen, locals, residents, and visitors alike.

“I object to any infill development which blocks and removes public amenity and views.”

Another objection said the proposed residents terrace area is “much higher than our adjacent building and hence directly overlooks our balconies and private spaces both at the front and the rear”.

They said this would invade their privacy as well as create noise and disruption, and added that parking “will be a problem along Church Street, Howth Terrace and Dunbo Hill as this is already busy with local residents’ vehicles”.

Another stated that the proposed development is “out of scale”.

This complaint also cited parking as an issue, writing that there is “high density long established housing on all streets in the immediate area of the proposed development”.

They said that with two exceptions, none of these have off-street parking and are reliant on on-street parking in the local area.

The resident also said that the proposed development “will inevitably increase motor traffic, exasperate parking issues and create friction