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No-tel Irish musicians oppose plans to turn The Cobblestone pub into hotel

“We really need people to oppose this. The Cobblestone is far more than just a pub. It is a bastion of Irish culture."

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The Cobblestone pub in Smithfield

The Cobblestone pub in Smithfield

The Cobblestone pub in Smithfield

Irish musicians John Francis Flynn and Ispíní na hÉireann have taken to social media to condemn plans to demolish The Cobblestone pub in Dublin.

It emerged today that the popular music and cultural venue in Dublin 7 would be knocked down to make way for new 114-bedroom hotel, just one day after plans to redevelop Merchant’s Arch in Temple Bar caused national outrage.

The plans would leave the main bar standing but demolish the rest of the building.

In an emotional Instagram post, Dublin folk artist John Francis Flynn, who has frequented The Cobblestone a number of times over the years, noted that the demolition would destroy “the backroom venue, the smoking area, and the rooms upstairs where music and Irish language classes were held, leaving only the main bar swallowed up by a nine-story hotel... essentially turning the leftovers into a residents bar.”

He said: “We really need people to oppose this. The Cobblestone is far more than just a pub. It is a bastion of Irish culture.

“People come from all over the world to share and learn Irish music, song, dance, language and storytelling.

“Beyond that, and more importantly, the Cobblestone is the main hub for the broader traditional Irish Music community in the country.

“There’s no place that promotes Irish culture to the same level as The Cobblestone. This is an attack on our culture in a city that’s getting swallowed up by blind greed.

“We need as many people to oppose this as possible,” he added.

Other Irish artists, including comedy duo Ispíní na hÉireann, have also publicly opposed the plans online and, encouraging people to submit objections to Dublin City Council and write to their local TDs.

“Very real danger of losing @CobblestoneDub to progress,” the band tweeted.

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“Another soulless hotel at the expense of Dublin's cultural heartbeat. A month to submit objections to @DubCityCouncil.

“Write to your local TD. Don't let this happen.

“Please do everything you can to object to this happening. Dublin doesn't need another hotel, especially at the expense of ripping the heart out of its Irish music scene.”

Sharing a link to a petition to save The Cobblestone, they added: “There'll be plenty of places for tourists to stay but nowhere for them to go if we continue to allow this decay to ruin our city.”

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