Councillors have voiced concern that the derelict pub on Carrick’s Main St. where the 17th Century gold coin hoard was discovered last year and a neighbouring derelict building pose a danger to members of the public passing by them.
These fears have particularly arisen in the aftermath of Storm Darwin last month and were highlighted by public representatives at Carrick-on-Suir Town Council’s monthly meeting last week.
Councillors also complained about the unsightly appearance of the derelict pub buildings, formerly known as Tir na nOg and Cooney’s Bar. Cooney’s is where the historic gold coin hoard was discovered by construction workers in January last year.
Town Clerk Michael O’Brien confirmed the Town Council has concerns about the safety of both buildings and has referred them to a structural engineer for examination.
He said the Council was in discussion with the owners of the two properties to agree a solution and he expected the issue to be resolved over the coming weeks
Mr O’Brien was responding to Cllr Margaret Croke’s request for an update on what action the Council was taking in relation to the two premises. She tabled a motion at the Council’s previous meeting requesting letters be sent to the owners of the premises to tidy them up.
Cllr Crokesaid the buildings were in an awful state and expressed concern about the bad impression they gave to visitors, particularly as the gold coin hoard was discovered in one of them.
“I brought a group around the town and one of the first things they asked me was aboutwhere the gold coins were found. One member of the group was the MEP Sean Kelly,” she said.
Cllr Pierce O’Loughlin said a butcher near the derelict premises was very upset over the two buildings’ condition as he felt they were affecting his trade. A speedy resolution was required because these buildings were a “blight on the town”, he declared.
Mayor of Carrick Cllr Kieran Bourke ‘s concern over the possible danger the buildings posed to passers by was such that he believed the town’s St Patrick’s Day Parade would have to be cancelled if weather conditions were bad.