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An Bord Pleanála has approved a hotel and apartments on the site of The O’Rahilly’s Dublin abode

An Bord Pleanála has approved a hotel and apartments on the site of The O’Rahilly’s Dublin abode

Michael Finucane outside O’Rahilly’s Kerry home

Michael Finucane outside O’Rahilly’s Kerry home

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An Bord Pleanála has approved a hotel and apartments on the site of The O’Rahilly’s Dublin abode

Plans to demolish the Dublin home of Michael Joseph O'Rahilly (The O'Rahilly) have been given the go ahead by An Bord Pleanála this week in a decision that paves the way for development of a hotel and apartments on the site of No. 40 Herbert Park.

But the decision has angered many in O'Rahilly's birthplace of Ballylongford with Michael Finucane - owner of the premises where O'Rahilly was born - branding it 'a disgrace'.

Michael describes the building as being of 'historic importance' given that many of the revolutionaries of the time made plans for the Easter Rising and discussed administrative ideas in setting up an Irish Republic at the house. He says the fact O'Rahilly's Ballylongford home is a listed building, while his Dublin residence is to be demolished is 'frustrating' - a home where O'Rahilly's wife, Nancy, lived until 1961.