Outrage was sparked online following news that parts of a popular Dublin pub were demolished to make way for a new 114-room hotel.
The Cobblestone, located on North King Street in Smithfield, has long been considered a historic stronghold for music and culture.
As a protected structure, The Cobblestone will be kept as per the planning request submitted to Dublin City Council earlier this month.
However, the pub will be incorporated into the new hotel with folk artist John Francis Flynn pointing out that the pub is on the verge of losing the back room, smoking area and other venues that hosted music and language lessons. Irish.
He said it “only left the main bar swallowed up by a 9-story hotel, essentially turning the leftovers into a bar for residents.”
The musician has spoken strongly against the proposed development and called on people to oppose it, saying The Cobblestone is “more than just a pub” and is “at the center of the current” folk revival “.
“Beyond that, and more importantly, the Cobblestone is the main hub for the wider traditional Irish music community in the country. I played with and learned from some of the best musicians during the sessions, ”he wrote on Instagram.
“I’ve listened to some amazing music at The Night Before Larry Got Stretched sessions and Pipers Club concerts of musicians and singers that you might never have had the chance to hear otherwise. I have seen young musicians become great musicians. I saw dancers dance, singers sing, storytellers recite stories.
“There is nowhere else that can match The Cobblestone in all of this and there is no place that promotes Irish culture to the same level as The Cobblestone. It is an attack on our culture in a city that is swallowed up by blind greed. We need as many people as possible to oppose it.
In the comments someone wrote: “Keep building hotels until there is no more culture for Dublin residents or tourists to experience. What becomes of our city.
The news comes as more than 20,000 people have signed a petition opposing the demolition of the Merchant’s Arch in Temple Bar.
The creator of the petition, Edel Leahy, wrote: “We cannot let another part of historic Dublin succumb to ‘development’! Merchant’s Arch has been there since 1821 and is part of Dublin’s culture, history and personality. ‘