One of Dublin's most iconic pubs, The Bernard Shaw, has today announced it will soon close its doors for good.
The decision comes a few months after the famous pub was refused permission by An Bord Pleanála to continue operating its exterior beer garden following complaints about noise from locals. At the time, the CEO of Bodytonic Trevor O'Shea told The Journal that they were planning to renew the application.
However, The Bernard Shaw officially announced today it would close its doors on October 31st.
It's with heavy hearts that we announce the end of our Bernard Shaw adventure. At the end of October 2019 we will close the Shaw, Eatyard, all organisational, art and performance spaces and everything else in the building and yards - for good.https://t.co/CGDpyluYIv
— The Bernard Shaw (@TheBernardShaw) September 9, 2019
Their statement continued: "We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who was part of this 13-year adventure. Our landlord, our neighbours & the council were, by and large, all brilliant and very helpful & supportive. The artists, makers, designers, bands, DJs, promoters, hustlers and lunatics who did their thing at the Shaw – we couldn’t have done it without you. We have had amazing, loyal customers, many who came, and left, and came back again over those 13 years as life got in the way while we were busy making plans and being busy fools.
"Above all we want to thank our crew. Past and present we have had incredible people work with us. Everything we do is about people…. their ideas, trying things out, making a mess of it, trying again, getting it right, having fun, making memories, and when the party’s over, let's plan another party. But parties weren’t meant to last…
"Dublin is changing, we can all see and feel it but we are going nowhere & we won’t go down without a fight. We’ll start something else, somewhere else [ plans are afoot], and keep fighting the good fight. There are so many young creative, clever, smart people in Dublin & Ireland at the moment – there’s lots to be optimistic about – but they need the spaces to meet each other, make plans, and make them happen!
We’ll have more info, lineups, events, wakes, next steps out over the next few days & weeks…. until the end of October we’re open as normal, we’re ready for y’all and we’re gonna party like its….2019!"
A sad day for Dublin.