Clancy’s bar to be Cork’s newest hotel

Clancy’s bar to be Cork’s newest hotel
Clancy's Bar facing both Princes Street and Marlboro Street. A planning application has been lodged to convert the complex to a 29-room hotel.

The number of hotels in Cork city could be set to rise again, with permission sought to redevelop one of Cork’s oldest bars as a 29-room hotel.

Clancy’s bar, which has frontage on both Marlboro Street and Prince’s Street, has been closed for more than a year and been on the market for several months.

Now owner Colin Ross has applied for permission to change the use from a bar/restaurant/nightclub to a hotel.

The proposed alterations include extensions on the upper floors (fronting Marlboro Street) to allow for bedrooms and the creation of an external landscaped space on the first floor. The application also requests permission to make alterations and improvements to the existing facades.

Mr Ross bought the bar from long-time owners the O’Sullivan family in 1998 but leased it out in 2010. It shut its doors abruptly in March of last year when the 40-strong staff were notified by text that is was to close with immediate effect. A bar has been trading on the site since 1824.

The property is for sale via Behan Irwin Gosling and agent Cearbhall Behan said earlier this year that the property ‘has raised considerable interest from hospitality operators with accommodation experience’.

Interested parties have until June 28 to make submissions, with a decision due in mid-July.

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