Anyone for a Cafe loo-tte?

CONVENIENT LOCATION: Coffee shop plan for toilets -- no chain

Alan O'Keeffe

It was an underground public toilet -- but it might just be the place to enjoy a cappuccino.

A disused ladies and gents on a traffic island in central Dublin is being put on the market by the city council as a potential cafe bar.

City officials are hoping to flush out entrepreneurs prepared to carry out the conversion.

The underground toilets are on the island, conveniently located for the city centre beside Trinity College at the junction of College Street and Westmoreland Street.


The facility has remained locked up for several years.

Dublin City Council is advertising the premises with the sales pitch: "Commercial cafe/bar development potential."

The council's property ad declares: "Excellent location in the heart of Dublin city centre."

The site area is listed as 130sqm with additional information stating: "Measurements include surface and underground."

A statue of the Irish poet and songwriter Thomas Moore stands on the traffic island overlooking the entrances to the ladies and gents.

For decades, Dublin wits would point out it was highly appropriate that Moore's most famous composition was named The Meeting of the Waters.

The council is hoping there will be some movement before the January 13 deadline for receipt of offers.

It would help bring some relief to the council's current financial pressures.

Business people are invited to contact the council's development department for further information and specifications.

An alternative development at the site could put money in the city's coffers and result in a new landmark business premises in the heart of one of the city's most desirable locations.