Seafood restaurant planning an extension onto Cork's Oliver Plunkett Street

Seafood restaurant planning an extension onto Cork's Oliver Plunkett Street
Fomer Cork football manager Billy Morgan and former Kerry boss Mick O'Dwyer with Cork supporter Cyril Kavanagh at the opening of Quinlan's seafood bar on Princes Street, Cork in 2015. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

A popular Cork eatery is hoping to expand by taking over a vacant groundfloor premises on a nearby street.

Quinlan’s Seafood Bar, currently No 14 Princes Street, Cork city, is seeking to expand into number 55 Oliver Plunkett Street.

A planning application has been submitted by Liam Quinlan for the development which includes alterations to a former betting office to become part of the existing licenced restaurant.

It would include a new shopfront, awning and signage, as well as the partial demolition of the party wall with the existing seafood bar and No 55 Oliver Plunkett Street to form a single, large restaurant.

55 Oliver Plunkett Street previously operated as a William Hill bookmakers outlet
55 Oliver Plunkett Street previously operated as a William Hill bookmakers outlet

The proposal also includes improvement and restoration works to the façade at 55 Oliver Plunkett Street.

The plans, lodged with Cork City Council, will be ruled on by the end of March.

Drumcora House

The historic Drumcora House on Blackrock Road, Cork city could be set for a massive revamp under new plans lodged with Cork City Council.

The distinctive Georgian, slate-hung and double-bow-fronted house on Blackrock Road has served as a sports and social club, as well as being the home to a noted architect, a famed textile family and a wine wholesaler.

Now, developers KPH Construction have lodged plans for what could be the latest chapter in the storied history of the iconic building.

Permission is being sought for the demolition of various “poor quality, late 20th century additions to the property” including the demolition of existing single-storey annexes to the south of the building and the part demolition of an annex on the west of the building.

The development includes a change-of-use aspect, transitioning from a social club to a residential property once again.

Developers are proposing the construction of part 2 and 3 storey extension to the east of the existing Drumcora House.

This is to facilitate the provision of 12 apartments on the site, nine two-beds, one one-bed and two two-bed duplexes. Drumcora House is a protected structure.

Cope Foundation

Conditional planning has been granted for the construction of 34 apartments on the former site of the Cope Foundation Residential Facility, formerly Honan Home on Lovers Walk in Montenotte.

Developers Sorciem Limited has been given approval for works on the site, which includes a protected structure. The new development replaces a previous planning permission for 17 residential units.

Farrenferris housing

A decision is due by the start of next week on a large residential plan for a protected structure on the northside of Cork city.

Citidwell Homes Ltd has sought permission for 53 two and three-storey dwellings on the lands of the former St. Finbarr’s Seminary, Farrenferris, Cork city.

It represents an increase in density for an existing plan for the site. Currently, there is permission for 45 units, with city planners due to make their decision on the new plan by February 10.

Meanwhile, 1 Ballea Land Ltd is awaiting a decision on a change to a plan for a housing development in Glanmire.

The developer is seeking permission to increase the floor area in the houses, as well as changing house type, layout and elevation in the properties.

A decision is also due on February 10.

Student accommodation

Cork could be set for even more student accommodation if a large-scale development is greenlit.

Developer Denis O’Brien Developments (Cork) Ltd snapped up the former San Paula home on Orchard Road in 2018.

Now, a consultation is underway with An Bord Pleanála for a potential development of 216 student beds.

The consultation is due to be decided by March 23 after which time, the developer may decide to move ahead with the plans or revisit them before submitting an application.

The site is located close to Victoria Road, Magazine Road and College Road, just a few minutes from UCC.

The Brookfield Accommodation Complex is nearby, as are several other student apartment blocks, while there are also plans for more apartment schemes in the wider area.

Blackrock Apartments Refused

Blackrock Hurling Club has been refused planning to build 30 apartments on lands off Cherry Lawn, Church Road, Blackrock.

The hurling club had also included plans for 38 parking spaces, bike parking and landscaping.

However, the development received a number of objections and required a material contravention to be granted by Cork City Council.

Members of the council did not grant this material contravention and, as such, the development was formally refused permission by city planners at the end of January.

Dominic Street

Developer Mavro Ltd is seeking to bring new life to a former pub on Dominic Street, a stone’s throw from Shandon Bells in Cork city.

The proposal is centred on a former public house - Kay O’Mahony’s - in No 21 and 22 Dominic Street.

Plans, lodged with Cork City Council in recent days, include revamping the buildings, which are listed but not protected, in order to deliver ten new apartments.

The works will include the demolition of existing extensions, the addition of a new slate roof to match the historic roof profile, and the revamp of the internal floor plans to accommodate four apartments within the existing structure.

The remaining six apartments would be in a new four-storey extension, which is also part of the proposal.

No 21 dates from approximately 1840 and the facade is listed on the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Notable original features remain, including timber sliding sash windows and a timber panelled door with a limestone threshold.

No 22 dates from 1820 and also retains some original features.

Both are currently unused.

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