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The scene on Saturday morning after demolition work took place through the night.BBW video available.Pic; Larry Cummins
The scene on Saturday morning after demolition work took place through the night.BBW video available.Pic; Larry Cummins
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WATCH: A 'sad day' and a gap on Cork's skyline as the Sextant is demolished

An iconic building that once housed the Sextant Pub in Cork city has been demolished.

The demolition took place last night, with the site being cleared for a planned apartment tower development.

Earlier this year An Bord Pleanála granted permission for 201 build-to-rent apartments to be constructed on the site of Carey Tool Hire and the former bar on Albert Quay.

It will see 93 one-bed apartments, 104 two-bed apartments and four three-bed apartments in a building that ranges in height from eight to 11 to 24 storeys over ground floor.

The Sextant opened in 1877, close to the West Cork railway line, and was run first as a hotel before becoming a pub in the early 1900s.

There was an outpouring of sadness and nostalgia when it was first announced that The Sextant was to close, with many concerned about the loss of historic buildings in Cork in the name of progress. 

 Crowds watch the demolition of The Sextant Bar, Cork to make way for a 25 storey residential 'build to rent' scheme.Loftus Demolition 29th August 2020.Pic; Larry Cummins
Crowds watch the demolition of The Sextant Bar, Cork to make way for a 25 storey residential 'build to rent' scheme.
Loftus Demolition 29th August 2020.
Pic; Larry Cummins
“It’s always a sad day to see an old building in Cork being taken down to make way for progress, especially one which is iconic in its location and character like the old Sextant bar," Councillor and historian Kieran McCarthy said. "Its character has really added to the landscape and to the sense of place and identity of Cork Docklands for nearly 140 years. It has seen boom and bust in Cork and if the building could talk it would so many tales to tell.

"Built initially in 1877 it was first a hotel, which was run by the Sexton family, which provided lodgings for passengers using the Cork-Bandon and South Coast Railway. It soon after changed to being a public house run by the Markham family. The building has only had a few owners since one hundred years ago, testament to those who kept the business running on the site for so many decades." 

Other buildings in the area are to be preserved as part of the new plans. 

The site of the former Sextant Bar, Cork.Demolition by Loftus, took place overnight Pic; Larry Cummins
The site of the former Sextant Bar, Cork.
Demolition by Loftus, took place overnight 
Pic; Larry Cummins
"I welcome the fact on the wider Sextant corner that the old Cork-Blackrock and Passage Railway Company is set to be conserved and done up," Mr McCarthy says. 

"But I continue my view that holistic conversations need to be had on what Cork South and North Docklands should physically look like in the years to come. Yes the city needs to evolve but I would not like the story of Cork’s docks, which made this city over several centuries lost to the bulldozer to make way for glass box architecture and storyless public realm. 

"For me I want to see buildings with character, streets and public realm with cultural reference points and some references to the history of Cork docks." 

Crowds watched the demolition of The Sextant Bar, Cork to make way for a 25 storey residential 'build to rent' scheme.
Loftus Demolition 29th August 2020.
Pic; Larry Cummins