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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Former toilet block to be transformed in to city cafe

Sarah Stack

Published 12/08/2014 | 11:07

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Unobtrusive, unassuming but oddly iconic.

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A former toilet block in the heart of south Dublin was being knocked today more than a year after council chiefs made a call for ideas on its future.

The one-storey red brick building is on the corner of Angelsea Road and the Merrion Road, where it has stood for more than 70 years.

It is understood the former public convenience may remain at the heart of the community and reopen as a café.

General view of construction workers demolishing public toilet building on Anglesea road, Dublin 4. Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of construction workers demolishing public toilet building on Anglesea road, Dublin 4. Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of construction workers demolishing public toilet building on Anglesea road, Dublin 4. Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of construction workers demolishing public toilet building on Anglesea road, Dublin 4. Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of construction workers demolishing public toilet building on Anglesea road, Dublin 4. Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of construction workers demolishing public toilet building on Anglesea road, Dublin 4. Picture: Caroline Quinn

A plaque marking its build in 1943 will be one of the few pieces of the original building that will remain once a team of workmen, with a digger, are finished renovating the premises.

“It’s in such a bad state it’s a hazard, most of it has to come down,” said one man at the scene.

The building, nestled behind trees on the bank of the River Dodder opposite Crowe’s Pub, was one of more than 70 public toilets dotted across the capital that have been closed by the council

Dublin City Council put a sign on the building asking for “expressions of interest” last summer, before opting to turn it in to a public amenity of a different kind.

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