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Plans by the owner of Kennedy’s pub in Drumcondra for a rear bar area have locals up in arms

Plans by the owner of Kennedy’s pub in Drumcondra for a rear bar area have locals up in arms

Plans by the owner of Kennedy’s pub in Drumcondra for a rear bar area have locals up in arms

A row is brewing between local residents and the operators of one of the best-known pubs in the capital over the noise impact of a rear bar and smoking area.

It comes after a number of neighbours lodged objections out of concern for "All-Ireland final levels of noise" in plans by Martin Tynan for the retention of the rear bar area at Kennedy's on Drumcondra Road.

The pub is a long-time favourite of GAA fans on big match days at Croke Park, and counts former Taoiseach and ex-local TD Bertie Ahern among its regulars.

A noise-assessment plan lodged with the application states that with the mitigation measures proposed, the bar area will result in a negligible noise impact on the nearest residential properties.

However, that has failed to satisfy neighbours, who fear a negative noise impact, with nine separate objections lodged.

Locals Stephen O'Connell and Rachel O'Flanagan said the operation of the bar "has done nothing but upset local residents since work began three years ago".

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They said the rear of the pub backs on to the rear gardens of homes on Hollybank Road and Botanic Avenue.

"We love living in this area and want to be near the excitement that Croke Park brings every year for a few weeks," they said.

"The development, however, lays the groundwork for All -Ireland final levels of noise and disruption every day of the week if possible, without any consideration to those who will be adversely affected."

Local people say there are young families moving into Hollybank Road and Botanic Road, trying to create a positive neighbourhood atmosphere.

"But with the level of noise and traffic added as a result of this development, we have no hope of achieving this," they say.

Dublin City Council has told Mr Tynan it has significant concerns regarding the noise impact of the rear bar and the smoking area on neighbours.

It has demanded a new noise assessment from Mr Tynan and said the onus is on the applicant to show the plan will not adversely affect local residents.