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Thursday 29 September 2016

Talbot Street: Chapel from 1838 to be protected

Internet cafe on Talbot Street
Internet cafe on Talbot Street

A graffiti-covered internet cafe on Talbot Street is to become a protected structure, but its colourful paint job won't have to change. Built in 1838, the building, which is home to the Five Star Internet Cafe (above), was originally a Welsh chapel.Welsh mail boat sailors visiting Dublin port used it once a week for singing and prayers.

During the 1916 Rising it was used to store ammunition.

Dublin City Council (DCC) has recommended that it be put on the Record of Protected Structures.

The "flamboyantly-painted" building, as it is described in the report, will not have to change its colour.

"Contrary to public perception, the 2000 Planning Act... is rarely used to dictate colour schemes," said Graham Hickey of the Dublin Civic Trust.

Richard Bonney, a conservation architect and the secretary of the Welsh Society in Ireland, said he is "absolutely delighted" that it will be preserved and has no issue with the colour scheme.

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