Call for council to buy site of The Hollyhill Inn

Call for council to buy site of The Hollyhill Inn
Hollyhill Inn

A VACANT bar at the heart of the Knocknaheeny regeneration has been listed for sale, prompting calls locally for the city council to buy the premises.

The Hollyhill Inn shut its doors in October after almost forty years of trading in the area, lying idle since.

This week, the bar was listed for sale for €500,000.

The former bar and off-licence is located at the heart of the community, just minutes from the new multi-million euro library.

Millions of euro has been invested in revamping the housing options in the area, adding new community facilities and upgrading the roads and public realm in the area.

Many locals have previously claimed that the area is still lacking in retail and commercial options, with some in the area suggesting that the Hollyhill Inn site could answer the demand for these services.

Others have suggested that it could play an important role in the delivery of community services in the area.

Local councillor Tony Fitzgerald has previously made calls for the space to be incorporated into the wider regeneration of the community.

He welcomed the confirmation that the site has been listed for sale.

"The fact that we have clarification on the future of the site is to be welcomed," he said.

"I would be hopeful that the City Council might consider potential uses for the site under the wider remit of the Knocknaheeny regeneration."

The Hollyhill Inn operated for close to forty years in the area.

The bar and off-licence was met by protests when it opened its doors in the 1970s.

While the locals did not object to the operation of a licenced premises in the area, there were concerns that the location - near two schools - was inappropriate.

Mr Fitzgerald said that the feelings locally have not changed.

"The general consensus in the community is that there is a preference for the use of the site as a retail or community premises, matching the goals of the regeneration on a wider scale," he said.

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