Quinns joins list of iconic Irish bars being torn down for apartments and hotels

IN the latest blow to the Irish pub scene, iconic GAA venue Quinns is to be demolished and replaced with apartments. 

Often the most-visited pub near Croke Park, many of us would have donned our county colours on match day since it opened over 30 years ago.

A jampacked Quinns on match day while the bar was still open

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A jampacked Quinns on match day while the bar was still openCredit: Facebook

But now it is the latest casualty in the Drumcondra area, following the closure of the Big Tree, just a short walk away on Dorset St.

Unfortunately for night owls, these pubs are just of the many iconic pubs that have closed their doors and been replaced by apartments or hotels.

Here Nicola Bardon looks at some of the most famous watering holes that are no more. 

THE BIG TREE, Dorset St, Dublin

Much like Quinns, the Big Tree was a favourite for nearby students and GAA fans.

The Big Tree when it was still open for matches and student nights

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The Big Tree when it was still open for matches and student nights

With lots of room top move around, bands were a regular fixture, while on All Ireland Sunday, queues would be seen all along Dorset St to get in.

But now, it will be replaced by another city hotel. The six storey building will have 163 rooms and building is already underway. 

KIELYS, Donnybrook, Dublin

Often mentioned in the Ross O’Carroll Kelly books as his favourite boozer, the southside bar is no more.

Instead, the council have given permission for the site to be converted into a shared co-living scheme with 85 units.

Kiely's in Donnybrook was a favourite for rugby fans throughout the years

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Kiely’s in Donnybrook was a favourite for rugby fans throughout the yearsCredit: Facebook

This is despite 115 objections, which included Lord Mayor Hazel Chu and Sinn Fein TD Chris Andrews.

GLENANAAR PUB, Ballinalough, Cork

An Bord Pleanála gave the green light to demolishing the Cork pub, despite objections from local residents, and even their own planning inspector, who said it did not comply with the Cork City Development plan as it focuses on studio and one-bed apartments.

But the Bord disagreed and two four-storey blocks containing 26 apartments are to be built on the land- seven studio units, ten one-bedroom units and nine two-bed units.

The Glenanaar Bar in Cork that will be turned into apartments

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The Glenanaar Bar in Cork that will be turned into apartments

HASSETTS, Limerick

The former pub is now no longer and will instead soon be home to some of the city’s students.

The 143-bed accommodation is now on the grounds as well as a medical unit.

Hassett's Pub in Limerick following its closure

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Hassett’s Pub in Limerick following its closure

The bar has been closed for over a decade and was given the green light for the plans on the northside of the city. 

SEXTANT BAR, Cork

Opened in 1877, the Sextant was torn down last summer to make way for one of the country’s tallest residential towers.

Ranging between eight and 24 storeys, it will include 93 one-bed apartments, 104 two-bed apartments and four three-beds.

The Sextant pub, before it was demolished last year

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The Sextant pub, before it was demolished last yearCredit: Facebook

The site includes two protected structures – the two-storey former Cork, Blackrock and Passage railway offices and the adjoining single-storey former ticket office – which will be renovated and reopened.

The restored railway offices will be used as private rented office space and the renovated ticket office will be used as a public bar and restaurant.

LAKELANDS BAR, Cork

The site of the Lakelands pub in Cork

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The site of the Lakelands pub in Cork

This week, Dooneen Property Developments has applied for planning permission to demolish the 12,000 square foot former Lakelands bar building in Mahon in Cork.

In its place, they are hoping to construct 39 apartments, 3 retail outlet units as well as 7 bicycle parking spaces.

Cork, Ireland – The Sun