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April 30 2005 : High Court injunction by owner of Granfton St. building

A court injunction was obtained by John Ronan, owner of the building that houses Bewley’s cafe on Grafton St. restaining the new management company from carrying out futher work on the premises, a listed building. The case will come before the High Court next week.

April 30 2005 : Re-opening of Bewley’s Cafe on Grafton Street

We warmly welcome the re-opening of Bewleys Café on Grafton Street in May 2005 for the people of Dublin and for our many supporters. We are mindful of the fact that last November at the time of its closure, the projected future for Bewleys was to be that of yet another fashion store, in the building where this unique feature of our city’s heritage has played host to generations of Irish people and tourists alike. We are cognizant of the fact that Bewley’s is a people’s cafe and that although it is aesthetically a truly beautiful and distinctive building, it has always had a policy of social inclusion. Indeed this was a significant feature of its charm: all ages and social classes were welcome in the Bewley’s cafes. We have had several meetings with the new management and they have assured us that this policy will continue.

April 30 2005 : Bewley’s Westmoreland Street

Our campaign to protect and restore the Westmoreland Street branch, and in particular the Fleet Room, continues. We are currently awaiting a decision by An Bord Pleanala following the appeal lodged by ourselves and other groups against the Planning Application made by the present leaseholder. The Fleet Room is the most historic feature of the Bewley’s Cafes. If the legislation protecting the special historic, social and cultural interests of both of these protected structures is not enforced by Dublin City Council Planning Authority we could find ourselves in other similar situations in the future.

April 30 2005 : Coffee Morning

Our volunteer based campaign has incurred costs and will require funding for the appeal to An Bord Pleanala and if this is not successful, to the High Court. To this end we are organising a Coffee Morning at the Mansion House, at the invitation of Councillor Michael Conaghan, the Lord Mayer of Dublin and chairperson of our campaign.You are cordially invited to attend this event, which will take place on Saturday, May 14th from 11 am to 1pm. Minimum donation for coffee and a bun will be 3 Euro and we trust that whoever can afford it will contribute what they can.We have been greatly encouraged by the many signatures and messages of support that we have received from thousands of people who are rightly concerned at the threatened erosion of such a central and unique feature of the heritage of our capital city. We are embarking on a meeting with the National Trust of Northern Ireland to discuss the urgent setting up of a similar mechanism in this part of the island to ensure the protection of cherished elements of our heritage such as Bewley’s. Heritage and commerce do not have to be mutually exclusive and indeed many people appreciate the intrinsic value of our culture and heritage as well as discerning its wider commercial potential. We hope that this initiative will be a way of harnessing and channelling that energy in a positive direction. Thank you for your Support!”Many stones can form an arch,singly none”

Always one to ensure that he gets his day in Court 🙂

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