One of the most famous hotels in Dublin, it opened its doors in 1824. The Shelbourne claims to be one of the first places in the city to get gas lighting (1867), electricity (1881), and an elevator (1902).
There are still pocks on the hotel’s exterior left by artillery fired during the 1916 Easter Rising. British forces entered the hotel during the night after the first day of the Rising, via an entrance on Kildare Street. At daybreak they opened fire on the Citizen Army garrison under Michael Mallin dug in at St Stephen’s Green.
The Shelbourne was also the location for hearings after the insurrection.