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Saturday 7 December 2019

Fire guts historic building in Limerick

Worralls Inn, Castleconnell after the fire last night.
Worralls Inn, Castleconnell after the fire last night.

Eimear Phelan

Castleconnell in Limerick suffered a terrible blow with the loss of an 18th-century building last night

The two-storey pub, Worralls Inn, in Castleconnell, Limerick, was gutted by a fire late last night.

The property - which includes a lounge, bar, kitchen and yard/smoking area and five bedrooms and a sitting room upstairs is currently on sale.

Gardai say the fire broke out around 2am last night in the pub but the initial reports suggest nothing suspicious about the fire.

John Hardiman lives 200 yards down the road from the building and said the fire brigade had to come again this morning after the ruins re-lit.

The loss of the historic building “draws the soul out of the village”, according to Hardiman and has impacted Castleconnell’s bid for the Tidy Towns Competition which begins early next month.

Worralls Inn is a listed building and has been the pride of the main street in Castleconnell since the mid 18th century. It has been in continual use for the last 50 years in the parish as a hotel, a B&B and a pub. It was only closed by the last owner six or eight months ago.

Estate agent Rooney Auctioneers was overseeing the sale of the building and agent Pat Kearney said there were two different parties interested in the property. Both had plans to “restore and upgrade the building to its former glory.”

Tom Cassidy, the Limerick County Council Conservation Officer in charge of over 16,000 structures in Limerick, said the loss of the building is “a massive loss to the people of Castleconnell” and the sudden fire “really shows how fragile the build heritage is.”

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