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History of Schoolhouse Hotel Ballsbridge


With a rich history starting as far back as 1859, the original building was a small local Schoolhouse whose walls have borne witness to a thousand stories including Dublin's Easter 1916. Each of the classrooms have been lovingly re-appointed, two of which now house the Award-Winning Restaurant at the Schoolhouse and the hugely popular Schoolhouse Bar. The Hotel walls have a thousand stories to tell, with each of the 31 individual rooms named and dedicated to some of Ireland's most important and influential people...

St Stephens Paraochial School

The Schoolhouse Hotel began as St Stephens Parochial School - the building for which started as far back as 1859.

The doors to the school first opened to the children of Dublin in 1861, under the guidance of Headmaster Isaac Woodley and headmistresses Margaret and Jane Dowdall.

In 1892, a peak number of 307 children attended St Stephens- a number partly achieved by the children from married quarters of the nearby Beggars Bush Military Barracks. Nearly three decades later in 1910, Mr Samuel Flynn became Principal of the School, where he lived with his wife in the adjoining master's residence, until his retirement in 1925.

In those days, many of the assistant teachers had accommodation in the little rooms above the classrooms, an unusual feature of the building. Another existing feature is the present kitchen, which once served as a domestic science room for the girls of the school.

The honour of final principal went to Miss Hilda Foster who held office from 1956 to 1969. During 1961, the schools centenary year, the two classrooms being used were extensively modernised: ceilings were lowered to conserve heat and new equipment was bought. Many of the schools desks had been used as barricades at the battle of Mount Street Bridge and carried in them bullet marks and pieces of shrapnel. New toilets were built and the tall chimneys, a feature of the building, were rebuilt to prevent more deterioration.

The total cost of these renovations was £2,100 and all for the benefit of only 42 children on the school's pupil register. Unfortunately, it became inevitable that the Departent of Education would move for closure and it did in the year of 1969.

St Stephens Parochial School had served well generations of teachers, pupils and the local parish for 108 years.

The building was left idle until 1997.

Under a team of dedicated designers and architects The Schoolhouse Hotel in Ballsbridge Dublin 4 opened its doors in 1998 to tremendous reviews from the public and the media. It has retained many of its original features. Its former classrooms now host the Award Winning Restaurant at the Schoolhouse and lively Schoolhouse Bar.

Within easy reach of the Schoolhouse Hotel, particularly for those interested in sport is Aviva Stadium, the international home of Irish Rugby and Soccer. Newly renovated, the Aviva Stadium is to begin a new chapter in its history. For business travellers The Avviva Stadium Convention Stadium or any of the Aviva events, the Schoolhouse Hotel is the perfect luxury retreat to relax and unwind.

Since its opening The Schoolhouse Hotel has been renowned as one of the most unique and beautiful properties in the city.  

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Stay and Spend 

We are delighted to partake in the Stay and Spend Tax Credit Scheme.

Stay and Spend at the 4* Schoolhouse Hotel and claim up to €125 tax credit back. Simply spend over €25 in a single transaction on hotel accommodation or food and non-alcoholic drinks and claim a 20% tax credit from Available for stays between 1st October 2020 and 30th April 2021. Limits and conditions apply, please visit for full details and how to claim.

Stay & Spend Scheme is operated by Ireland’s Office of the Revenue Commissioners

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