Pub plan needs power of prayer
Businessman and race horse owner Pierce Molony's plans to turn a protected building on Dublin's Dawson Street into what the council has described as a "superpub" continue to bob along.
Mr Molony's M&M Enterprises, which he owns with business partner Aidan Masterson, submitted proposals last October to transform part of 8 Dawson Street and 8 Dawson Lane into a bar and restaurant.
Adjacent to the old Waterstones bookshop, the rear of the 18th-Century building includes a redundant church, which will form part of the planned redevelopment.
But the overall plans only encompass the basement of the Dawson Street building and connect through to the old church.
Mr Molony (pictured) and Mr Masterson – whose companies have interests in large chunks of property in and around the capital – better start saying their prayers to get the application through, however. "The proposed development represents a substantial bar development, with a stated gross floor area in excess of 800 sq m spread over three floors.
"It would introduce yet another 'superpub' on to this important, historic city street and would place significant pressure on this protected structure," says a recent report by a Dublin City Council planner, who has said more information should be sought about the proposals.
If it gets the go-ahead, the new superpub would have one distinct advantage – a stop for the new €370m 'BXD' Luas line that will link the two existing light-rail networks will be right outside its front door.