Traffic back on Castle Street and Baily's reopens after repairs
Castle Street has fully reopened to traffic following significant structural repairs to the facade of the Baily's Corner premises.
The road - between the Edward Street and Ashe Street junctions - was closed to traffic for almost a month as works to stabilise the building were carried out.
On Saturday July 6, following consultation with gardaí, Kerry County Council closed the street to traffic after the front of the building that houses the well-known Baily's Corner bar appeared to become seriously unstable.
The concerns about the structural integrity of the 200-year-old building's facade emerged after planned and approved renovation works began that morning.
The interior of the building was structurally sound but following a fire safety assessment the owners were ordered to close the business.
While the interior of the building is stable the closure order was made as - with the front of the building sealed off - the premises did not have adequate fire exits to meet safety requirements.
Last Friday, following weeks of work to stabilise the front of the building and to provide a suitable exit at the front of the building, the council deemed the building structurally sound and the road was reopened.
With adequate fire exits in place the pub was also permitted to reopen on Friday evening and the well known pub is once again trading as normal. Works to fully restore the facade of the 250 year old building are continuing.