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Iconic pub has its giant rugby ball kicked into touch


Kiely's Pub, Donnybrook.

Kiely's Pub, Donnybrook.

Kiely's Pub, Donnybrook.

ROSS O'Carroll-Kelly must be 'totes' outraged. One of his favourite pubs, Kiely's of Donnybrook, has had its idea of placing a giant rugby ball on the gable-end kicked into touch.

Permission has been denied for the 3D sign, which was to appear as though it was breaking through the pub's wall.

The application by Pat and Mary Crimin said the protruding ball would "cause no concern" to pedestrians as it would be more than four metres above ground level.

However, planners noted that the sign would not only advertise Kiely's, but would also Guinness and Leinster rugby.

Planners said the design, scale and prominent position would be "visually incongruous" with the streetscape.

Taken in conjunction with existing signage, the giant ball sign would "significantly increase the amount of visual clutter on this premises and would be seriously injurious to the visual amenities of this streetscape", they decided.