Go-ahead for Limerick city centre entertainment venue

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

LIMERICK City Council has given conditional planning permission to the next phase of a major new project for Parnell Street.

LIMERICK City Council has given conditional planning permission to the next phase of a major new project for Parnell Street.

City planners have given the go-ahead for a multi-use amusement hall in the Dominic Street Enterprise Centre which could be used for a variety of activities, including a comedy club and an indoor skating rink.

Developer Murrough O’Byrne has already received permission from planners to develop an international sports museum and cinemanette at 42 and 43 Parnell Street, between the Charlie St George pub and Luigi’s fish and chip shop. Now, further plans have been approved to transform buildings further back at the Dominic Street enterprise centre.

The Shannon Development complex has remained largely out of use in recent years.

Now, Marine Pine has won planning permission to change the use of the building from industrial use to an entertainment venue.

The firm also wants to make modifications to the interior of the building, as well as the amusement arcade already given permission.

Under the plans, public access to the entertainment venue would be from Hunt’s Lane and Parnell Street.

In supporting documents, the architect acting for Marine Pine states: “It is proposed that the venue be used for multiple purposes and that its use be flexible in nature.”

Uses mooted for the facility include thematic features, depending on the season, trade show displays, bingo, a comedy club and an indoor skate rink. It is expected to accommodate a maximum of 450 people, documents also show.

City planners have given the development the go-ahead subject to 20 conditions.

These include a stipulation facility is not used as a live music venue, and that the owners conduct a litter pick up in Hunt’s Lane, and outside their entrance/exit twice a day.