First Look: Inside Eire’s first ‘road artwork lodge’

Consider the basement cinema at The Devlin in Ranelagh, for instance. Or the underground river powering the Iveagh Backyard Resort.

To this listing, you may add The Hendrick (see galleries), which opens in Dublin’s Smithfield at the moment as “Eire’s first road artwork lodge”, filled with 259 artworks.

“Every bit is an unique,” says curator, artist James Earley, “from commissioned work and murals to restricted version prints signed by artists.”

Getting into the foyer on a preview go to, the primary piece I see is a vibrant, summary canvas by Maser over the lodge’s self-service check-in tablets.

Subsequent to the lifts, signed by members of U2, is a piece of wall recovered from Windmill Lane Recording Studios, framed in metal beams.


A piece of the Windmill Lane walls, signed by members of U2


A bit of the Windmill Lane partitions, signed by members of U2

James Earley at work

The Hendrick’s foyer with a bit by Maser over the reception space.

An accessible room at The Hendrick

A tackle the enduring of Michael Collins, by Will Saint Leger, hangs in a bed room hall.

The Hendrick’s courtyard, with James Earley’s mural

The Hendrick Resort Bar

A bit by Joe Caslin at The Hendrick

The Hendrick, Smithfield

Avenue artwork within the elevate foyer of the Hendrick

A bed room at The Hendrick

Self-service automated check-in pads at The Hendrick

A twin room at The Hendrick

Artist James Earley. Photograph: Al Higgins

In every single place I flip, Instagram-ready items catch my eye, from worldwide artists like Blek le Rat, Shepard Fairey and Taki 183, to Irish names like Obey, Joe Caslin, Will Saint Leger and signal painter Vanessa Energy.

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75laptop of the finances and commissions are Irish, Earley says (builders, the Dublin Loft Firm, wouldn’t focus on its funding within the lodge or its artwork) with the highest-profile items on show within the foyer, atrium, elevate areas and room corridors.

Bringing road artwork, with its roots in an outdoor, outsider artform, right into a lodge introduced each challenges and alternatives, he tells me. 

“It helps to demystify issues and open up accessibility. That is one thing I really feel actually strongly about, educating individuals about Irish artwork with out hindering the integrity of it.”

The Hendrick itself is a slickly produced Three-star, with 146 rooms tight on house however kitted out with energy showers, “Tremendous Pace” WiFi, TVs and sensible storage nooks, alongside hip touches like its cocktails (the ‘Jameson Black Barrel Whiskey Bitter’ is a spotlight, I am advised, at €14.95) and a breakfast partnership with the Bretzel Bakery.

The concept is to “problem the expectations of a metropolis lodge”, says Dublin Loft Firm director Kelly Cosgrave, whereas reflecting Smithfield’s “inventive aptitude”.



James Earley at work
James Earley at work


James Earley at work

The Hendrick’s foyer with a bit by Maser over the reception space.

An accessible room at The Hendrick

A bit of the Windmill Lane partitions, signed by members of U2

A tackle the enduring of Michael Collins, by Will Saint Leger, hangs in a bed room hall.

The Hendrick’s courtyard, with James Earley’s mural

The Hendrick Resort Bar

A bit by Joe Caslin at The Hendrick

The Hendrick, Smithfield

Avenue artwork within the elevate foyer of the Hendrick

A bed room at The Hendrick

Self-service automated check-in pads at The Hendrick

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A twin room at The Hendrick

Artist James Earley. Photograph: Al Higgins

However the apparent query… is the road artwork theme only a company wheeze, a nod to up to date artwork with a better eye on Insta-friendly advertising and marketing?

“Something I do must be completed for the real, appropriate causes,” replies Earley, who has additionally curated artwork collections for the Press-Up Group’s Dean and Devlin resorts.

“For me, there must be conceptual credibility to a challenge, that the artists are handled appropriately, that the artists are handled with respect.”

The house owners have allowed that, he says, affording Earley inventive management over a sprawling assortment that mixes a spread of types and approaches, from small stencils to massive murals and vivid, summary designs.



A bedroom at The Hendrick
A bedroom at The Hendrick


A bed room at The Hendrick

James Earley at work

The Hendrick’s foyer with a bit by Maser over the reception space.

An accessible room at The Hendrick

A bit of the Windmill Lane partitions, signed by members of U2

A tackle the enduring of Michael Collins, by Will Saint Leger, hangs in a bed room hall.

The Hendrick’s courtyard, with James Earley’s mural

The Hendrick Resort Bar

The Hendrick Resort’s foyer

A bit by Joe Caslin at The Hendrick

The Hendrick, Smithfield

Avenue artwork within the elevate foyer of the Hendrick

Self-service automated check-in pads at The Hendrick

A twin room at The Hendrick

Artist James Earley. Photograph: Al Higgins

He is been portray himself, too. Earley is chargeable for one in every of three massive murals within the atrium, and followers will spot a number of references to his household historical past (Earley & Firm produced stained glass in Dublin from the 1850s to 1970s) on this and a number of other glass items echoing church home windows within the industrial-feel foyer house.

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Feel and look apart, The Hendrick is a fundamental stick with no scorching meals menus (Deliveroo is lined as much as do in-room deliveries, and the lodge offers plates and cutlery). “We do not plan on seeing you a lot, with the very best of Dublin in your doorstep,” it chirps.

Describing itself as “a clean canvas for anybody visiting the capital” feels tacky, however the lodge genuinely seems to interact with its Smithfield neighbourhood – from design touches just like the cobble-locking within the foyer’s wood flooring, to pointing visitors in the direction of goodies on their doorstep – meals at Wuff or Urbanity, for instance, or close by sights just like the Lighthouse Cinema or revamped Jameson Distillery Bow Avenue.

And the worth? Rooms begin at €109 per evening on hendrickdublin.ie.

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