Appeals Lodged Against Plans For Kielys Of Donnybrook Site

By Dave Simpson
Appeals Lodged Against Plans For Kielys Of Donnybrook Site

10 appeals have been lodged with An Bord Pleanála against the planned demolition of Kielys pub in the south Dublin suburb of Donnybrook.

Dublin City Council granted Westridge Real Estate permission in January to demolish Kielys  and build a six-storey shared living complex that would include a restaurant and café on the site that the pub currently occupies.

However, as reported by The Irish Times, An Bord Pleanála has now confirmed that 10 separate appeals have been lodged on behalf of third party objectors against Dublin City Council's decision to approve the plan to replace the pub with a co-living development.


Those who have lodged appeals against the plan to replace Kileys with a co-living development are the Donnybrook Partners, Donnybrook Residents' Association, the Hanley O'Reilly Partnership, Herbert Park Residents' Association, Jeff Martin, Jim Coady, John and Mary Maher, Louise Supple and others, Marie Kelly and others, and Rosemary Cullen Owens and others.

The appeal lodged on behalf of the Donnybrook Partners, which own a three-storey office building on Donnybrook Road, stated that the height, mass and scale of the proposed co-living development are "excessive".


John and Mary Maher said that as long as COVID-19 remains a problem, "it is more than likely than not that a co-living development of this type will become a COVID hotspot despite the best endeavours of occupants".

Marie Kelly said that she vehemently opposes the plan to build a co-living development on the Kielys site, and that the issues she raised in her appeal only skim "the top of how deeply this build will affect us".

Rosemary Cullen Owens stated in her appeal that "the ghosts of many former Kielys patrons - not least its rugby regulars - will turn in their graves" over what is planned for the site, and argued that the height and scale of the proposed co-living development are not acceptable and are out of character with the surrounding area.

Domhnach Limited Appeal

Meanwhile, the firm that submitted the application for permission to demolish the pub, Domhnach Limited, has lodged a first party appeal against the condition that the proposed co-living development must be scaled down that was attached to the permission that was granted last month.

Originally, Domhnach wanted to construct a seven-storey co-living development with 100 shared living units, but subsequently reduced the proposed size of the proposed development to six storeys and 91 shared living units due to concerns that were raised by Dublin City Council over the scale of the original plan.


However, when it granted permission to construct the proposed co-living development last month, the council said that the number of shared living units must be reduced by an additional six units and that all of the rooms must be at least three metres wide, which would require the omission of further shared living units from the proposed development.

Decision Due Date

A decision on the appeals is due to be delivered in June.

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