As the show’s opening approaches, the artists say they aren’t sure what to make of the fact that the hotel owner hasn’t raised an eyebrow at the subject matter.
Dublin City Council has started a public consultation as part of the process of applying to itself for planning permission.
It’s the third community centre the area has lost in recent years, after Carman’s Hall and the Donore Avenue Youth and Community Centre.
A spokesperson for NCAD said it’s in talks with Diageo about what to do with the old 600-seat venue, including the possibility of a community use.
“We have a proposal put together regarding the future use” of the space, said a spokesperson for the Staycity aparthotel, which opened in January 2022 and hosts it.
“It’s crazy, with all the struggles that are within the inner city, something should be done,” says Eddie Keogh, chairman of the club.
Publican Paul Clinton says the seating areas outside the pub are part of the legal licensed area, but are not beer gardens. “It’s furniture on the grounds.”
A developer has applied for planning permission to demolish two houses and a mews and build a five-storey aparthotel on the corner of Mark’s Alley West.
To get council managers to the bargaining table, elected representatives rezoned the site to block their plans. Chief Executive Owen Keegan was not pleased.
Staycity say they are considering various options for the arts and cultural spaces, and want to put the square behind a gate to prevent anti-social behaviour at night.