Survey of Royal Hotel in Boyle reveals extensive vandalism

A new structure survey of the Royal Hotel in Boyle has revealed how it has been extensively vandalised.

The engineers note how fires have been lit in the building, while glass windows have been broken and there’s other superficial damage.

Roscommon County Council bought the 200-year-old Royal Hotel last year for €100,000 – it had fallen into poor condition after closing about five years earlier.

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The local authority commissioned Robert Kilkelly & Associates Engineers and Surveyors in Westport to carry out a structural survey of the premises.

Its report, released under the Freedom of Information Act, reveals for the first time the extent of the damage to the historic structure.

The engineers say the building is in a poor state and has been subjected to what would appear to be vandalism in recent years, with two fires noted in the main structural element.

Kilkelly & Associates also note how there are also a number of broken glass windows, while modern studwork has also been vandalised.

The roof to the main building has also been destroyed, while water ingress has caused significant deterioration to much of the site.

But the engineers conclude the main structural elements of the main front building are largely in a sound state of repair.

The council has opted to retain the main three-storey, two-bay section of the hotel and demolish the sections to the rear and side.

The site is to be transformed and will form the hub for walking and cycling loops around the town.