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Two Mile Borris Casino On View To Public Tomorrow

Kilkenny Architect James Hoban

The latest proposals for the building of an ambitious €460m Co Tipperary complex to construct Europe’s largest sporting, leisure and gaming centre at Two Mile Borris, Thurles, Co Tipperary, are to be given to the locals tomorrow.

This massive proposed development is designed include a 15,000-seater underground entertainment venue with a retractable roof, which will surpass Dublin’s O2 arena in design and capacity, say the developers.

This proposed Tipperary Venue will also includes a racecourse, a golf course, shops, equestrian centre, a heliport, a greyhound track, a seven-furlong sprint track, and a replica of the 1829 American White House as it stood then.

This latter feature is a tribute to the Cuffesgrange, Kilkenny born Architect James Hoban, (1758 to 1831) who designed the original Washington White House, now the official residence of the President of the United States and used as a home by every American President since John Adams.

Charleston Courthouse

President George Washington (1732 to 1799) greatly admired Hoban’s work on his Southern Tour, and may have met with James in Charleston in May 1791. He later summoned the architect to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the then temporary National Capital in June 1792. The following month Hoban was named winner of the design competition for The White House. His initial design seems to have had a 3-story facade, 9 bay windows across, similar to the Charleston courthouse, which Hoban had completed previously.  Under Washington’s influence, Hoban amended this to a 2-story facade with 11 bay windows across and, at Washington’s insistence, the whole presidential mansion was faced with stone. James Hoban later won a gold medal for his practical and handsome design.

In the present White House there are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and 6 levels in this residence. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators.

A major review of the present Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956-2003, which began in mid 2009, is believed to be now complete, however a decision from Government on intended changes, are slow to materialise. Details of changes announced soon could greatly speed up this proposed project.

Properly implemented and governed, the introduction of a new Gaming and Lotteries Act has the potential to create some 5,000 to 8,000 new jobs for e-commerce professionals, web developers, accountants, business analysts and mathematicians. Properly legislated and  implemented changes to this Gaming Act, introduced immediately, would mean that if Ireland were to capture a mere 5% share of the present global online Casino business, it would immediately represent an Irish sector worth at least €2 billion.

Richard Quirke of ‘Dr Quirkey’s Good Time Emporium’, Dublin, is to finance the project with a group of other investors.      Go to update here

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