From debt to death -- former bank to be resurrected as funeral home
Published 24/09/2011 | 05:00
DEPOSITS of a different kind are planned for this former bank.
North Dublin businessman Patrick Hickey plans to convert this former National Irish Bank into a funeral home under new plans lodged with the local authority.
For 120 years, the bank on Drogheda Street in Balbriggan served the needs of the local community but closed last year as part of a sell-off of local branches by NIB.
But now the owner of McNally's Funeral Directors has sought planning permission from Fingal County Council to convert the listed building into a funeral home.
"We've been looking for a premises for six or seven years because our current site is too small and this building came up on the market last year at a reasonable price," Mr Hickey said last night.
"Over the years, alterations were made to the inside so there's nearly no original features left.
"On the ground floor there will be an office and shop with memorials and headstones, and we'll have quite a big funeral home. McNally's is in business since 1878 and I'm the fifth person to run the business with my wife Monica."
The bank was built in 1891 and was constructed as a residential bank so the manager could live in it. The house was lived in until about nine years ago and needs refurbishment.
Mr Hickey hopes to restore the house over the coming years.
Heritage group An Taisce said the change of use was "suitable" and it did not expect to lodge any objections.