LIMERICK’S Augustinian community fear they will be hemmed in on all sides by late-night drinkers if Limerick City Council gives the go-ahead to a planning application by city publican Lorcan Bourke.
The priests have “serious objections” to the Garryowen full-back’s plans to retain a shopfront, speakers and CCTV cameras on Augustinian Lane, which has been home to their priory since the late 19th century.
Prior Fr Frank Sexton has written to the Council to point out that with Mickey Martin’s pub on the other side of the L-shaped laneway, the priests access will be “blocked in both directions” if the Bourke plan, on the Catherine Street side, is approved.
“It is obvious from an inspection of the development that the intention is to facilitate the gathering of large crowds of people under the archway and facilitating this by means of putting in loudspeakers and lights and CCTV cameras.
All of these developments are consistent with the intention of expanding the area where drink will be served to patrons both during the day and late into the night,” Fr Sexton states.
*A full version of this story was published in the Limerick Leader print edition, dated November 10, 2011