PUBLICAN Peter Clohessy has said his business is being “crucified” by the ongoing redevelopment works at Howley’s Quay.
The €4.8m project, which is now running into its nine month, will see a new boardwalk created and stretching out over the river.
“It’s the best summer we’re after having in I don’t know how many years, but it’s causing me a lot of hassle at the moment, with our outside seating and dust everywhere. There is a bigger picture and when it’s finished it’ll be fabulous,” he said.
The pub is still very much open for business, though access to that area has been restricted by road works. The rugby haunt has traditionally attracted scores of people when the sun shines due to ample outside seating, but he has missed out on attracting customers during the heatwave, as well as after Limerick’s win in the Munster hurling final and the Bruce Springsteen concert, when thousands of revellers thronged the city’s streets.
“Things were hard enough before the roadworks started..it’s crucifying us at the moment. We just have to batten down the hatches. It will be fabulous when it’s done and hopefully it’ll attract some other businesses down by us then,” he said.
The works have been delayed due to complications with constructing the boardwalk - larger than that on Clancy’s Strand - which will be extended out by some four metres over the River Shannon.
The council said works are due to be completed by September - at least six weeks later than planned, and added that the contractor is working on site from 7am to 7pm, but is restricted from working at night time in the interests of local residents.
Mr Clohessy said the works were due to be completed by May. The pub and nightclub suffered losses of over €500,000 up to August 2012, which could rise given this year’s poor trading to date.