Work has begun on a major programme to fully restore all of the Hostel’s 620+ original windows.
The Iveagh Hostel is the largest homeless hostel in Ireland with almost 200 single rooms, providing long stay accommodation in a secure setting for men and a range of facilities and services. Residents of the Iveagh Hostel can stay for a night or as long as they choose, with opportunities to move on to transitional and permanent accommodation within the Trust.
This vast building is now in its 111th year and many of its original sash windows, particularly on the upper floors, are in very poor repair and difficult to access.
Every effort is being made to ensure that all windows are sensitively restored, preserving original timbers, glass and workings as much as possible while incorporating discreet draft exclusion measures to boost energy efficiency.
This restoration programme will run for many years. The Trust is actively seeking the support of donors to accelerate the programme, helping to ensure that maximum value for money can be achieved while delivering enhanced levels of comfort for residents as quickly as possible.
The Hostel has made a major contribution to alleviating homelessness in Dublin for over 110 years. The beginning of work to fully restore all of the Hostel’s windows marks the start of a new chapter and will help to ensure that this vital resource is fit to see through the next 110 years.