A heritage hotel on Eyre Square Galway is to have its third name in 20 years.
The Great Southern Hotel, later called The Meyrick is to be re-branded as The Hardiman by Choice Hotels.
The hotel originally opened at the terminus of the Midland and Great Western Railway Company in 1852.
It is now named after the Galway-based historian and scholar James Hardiman (1782-1855) who was renowned for his deep love of Irish history and cultural traditions.
A founder member of the Irish Archaeological Society and the Celtic Society, James Hardiman holds a special place in Galway cultural circles. He wrote the then-definitive History of the Town and County of Galway in 1820, made an important collection of Irish verse and songs in his major 1831 anthology, Irish Minstrelsy and his remarkable personal library, attesting to his deep roots as a historian and scholar, was one of the most valuable Irish collections to come to market when it sold in 1856.
The Choice Hotel Group added The Hardiman to its portfolio in late 2017, along with the g Hotel & Spa and prior to this The House Hotel in Galway, and has recently made the significant investment of €7 million in a refurbishment and rebrand of The Hardiman. Choice is currently awaiting planning for 19 additional bedrooms which will bring the total investment in The Hardiman to €10m.