Plea to keep canine watering hole

Plea to keep canine watering hole
The Dog Trough at 124 Patrick's Street.

Built into the wall of 124 Patrick's Street, close to the Fr Matthew Statue, is a small limestone dog trough with the words Madrai inscribed on it.

The dog bowl dates back to the 1950s when the building's owner Keith Stokes commissioned renowned Cork sculptor Seamus Murphy to make the trough for the tied-up dogs to have a drink while their owners frequented the Milk Bar restaurant which occupied the premises at the time.

While the building has undergone many changes since then the dog trough has remained.

Recently, a planning application was lodged for modifications to 124 Patrick's Street for its conversion into a boutique fashion store. The application is for permission to make modifications to the building's shopfront but makes no mention of the dog trough.

At least one submission has been made to City Hall planners by a member of the public asking that the a condition of the planning permission would include a requirement to retain the feature.

A decision on the planning application is expected later this month.

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