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To: Dublin City Council, An Bord Pleanála & Office of the Planning Regulator

Save the Cobblestone!

Save the Cobblestone!

Do not allow planning permission for the proposed development of 77-80 King Street North.

Why is this important?

As well as signing this petition, please register an objection with Dublin City Council if you can. It costs €20. Quote the planning file (3617/21), give reasons why you think it shouldn't go ahead, but your address on the letter and upload it to the planning system. The closing date is 4 November.

Demolition of The Cobblestone to make room for yet another hotel. This will involve demolition of 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 9 story hotel essentially turning the leftovers into a residents bar.

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.

It is at the centre of this 'folk revival' we're seeing in Ireland. The scene developed within those walls. The Cobblestone is vital for this community.

Beyond that, and more importantly, the Cobblestone is the main hub for the broader traditional Irish Music community in the country. I have played with and learned from some of the very best musicians in the sessions. I have listened to some amazing music at The Night Before Larry Got Stretched sessions and Pipers Clubs gigs from musicians and singers you otherwise might never get a chance to hear. I have watched younger musicians develop into great musicians. I've watched dancers dance, singers sing, story tellers recite stories. There is nowhere else that can match the cobblestone for any of this and 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.

Dublin, Ireland

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Reasons for signing

  • The Cobblestone is the heart of Irish culture in Dublin - a place where musicians and artists go to meet and play and tourists are very welcome to observe and enjoy. It's the real authentic experience. The Cobblestone is why people visit Smithfield and Dublin - it's like knocking the Abbey Theatre to make room for a boutique hotel. Corporate greed gone mad. Shame.
  • The Cobblestone is a key institution in Ireland's grassroots cultural infrastructure. It's a world-famous venue and has fostered generations of traditional and folk musicians in Dublin. It epitomises real, living culture and is too important to lose.
  • Romantic Ireland's dead and gone it's with O'Leary in the grave

Updates

2021-10-07 19:17:51 +0100

20,000 signatures reached

2021-10-06 23:21:53 +0100

10,000 signatures reached

2021-10-06 20:04:22 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2021-10-06 17:32:18 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2021-10-06 17:15:31 +0100

500 signatures reached

2021-10-06 16:55:31 +0100

100 signatures reached

2021-10-06 16:51:13 +0100

50 signatures reached

2021-10-06 16:48:44 +0100

25 signatures reached

2021-10-06 16:47:03 +0100

10 signatures reached