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To: Dublin City Council, Irish government- Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht

Save Bewleys cafe Grafton street

To call on both local and national government to step in and find a solution to save the iconic Dublin institution-which plays such an important place in the citys historic and cultural life.

This can be done through a number of ways-funding or by the state acquiring it-The British national trust does this with many properties such as Belfasts Crown bar

Why is this important?

"Bewley’s is the heart and the hearth of Dublin"
Brendan Kennelly

The Beautiful Harry Clarke and Jim Fitzpatrick stainglass windows, The decorative facade at grafton streets midpoint, Attending plays or events in the cafe theatre, the grafton st balcony on a warm afternoon,a place for a special treat to catch up with family+friends or simply read by the warm fires escaping the weather outside.

For close to 100 years Bewleys Grafton street cafe as a special place in the hearts of Dubliners and visitors alike. Regularly it is compared to some of the great tea rooms of continental Europe. It has played such an important part in the citys history and cultural life. Over the years many Irish cultural icons such as James Joyce frequented Bewleys cafes

The Dublin city development plan recognizes that Bewleys "contributes significantly to the special and unique character of grafton street" and protects the building for use as a cafe. Losing Bewleys would not just be be a big lost for those that love but for Dublin as a city.

We are in the midst of a global pandemic with big health and economic issues but it still be a shame to lose this Dublin landmark forever to become a big brand store. A solution can be found to save it. The developer who owns the building(refuses to address rental issues), was himself bailed out with largre sums by the Irish people after behaving recklessly.


2020-05-09 07:09:55 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2020-05-08 08:36:02 +0100

500 signatures reached

2020-05-07 17:30:19 +0100

100 signatures reached

2020-05-07 16:11:53 +0100

50 signatures reached

2020-05-07 15:09:07 +0100

25 signatures reached

2020-05-07 14:51:12 +0100

10 signatures reached