George's Street Arcade landlord extends generous offer to people from Ukraine 2 months ago

George's Street Arcade landlord extends generous offer to people from Ukraine

The same landlord also suspended all rents for their tenants at the beginning of the pandemic.

Dublin's iconic George's Street Arcade has been around since 1876, today offering an eclectic mix of stores and food outlets, and it is a bit of a well-known fact that Gwen Layden, the landlord of the Arcade, is one of the nicest and most understanding landlords in the industry.


At the beginning of the Covid pandemic in March 2020, when Ireland suddenly found itself heading into a complete lockdown and people couldn't go beyond 5km of their homes, Layden made the announcement that all rents by the tenants in the Arcade had been suspended for the foreseeable future.

This week, Layden made another generous announcement, extending a particular offer to any Ukrainian business person new to Ireland.

Layden made the announcement via the George's Street Arcade social account:


"Dear Ukrainian Business Person. A unit for your business to start as gift. As with all startups and new to Ireland, at [the] Arcade, no rent or costs and full support to start. Welcome, you are so welcome. Gwen Layden, Landlord."

Anyone who might be interested in the offer can contact Layden directly at

Meanwhile, earlier this week, an expert suggested holiday homes are "low-hanging fruit" for potential accommodation for Ukrainian refugees, with over 23,000 people having arrived from Ukraine since the invasion of Russian forces began.


Russian state TV also warned its viewers World War Three has already begun, stating that "Right now, we're definitely fighting against NATO infrastructure, if not NATO itself. We need to recognise that."

Main image via George's Street Arcade official website