Bernard Shaw pub closure: ‘Does anyone give a damn about cultural value?’
Closure of city centre pub and food venue after 13 years sparks angry reaction
Closing its doors: the Bernard Shaw pub in Portobello, Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times
The announcement of the closure of the Bernard Shaw pub on South Richmond Street, Dublin, at the end of October after 13 years has provoked an angry reaction from fans of the venue. The pub, which is run by Bodytronic along with the Eatyard food area next door, gained a reputation for hosting innovative club nights, DJs and artists. Many expressed frustration over yet another venue in the capital closing its doors. “This has to stop, Dublin is losing its soul,”wrote one Twiter user. If you areading this on The Irish Times app click here to read full story.
I'm sorry to read this. What is most special and unique about Dublin are Dubliners themselves, and spaces like this where culture and community is fostered & grows. Without interesting places like these the city loses its heartbeat. @UnaMullally writes often on this and is right. https://t.co/aHy93XPQ4a— Hozier (@Hozier) September 9, 2019
This can't be happening! 😥 The Bernard Shaw is more than just a pub: it's a cultural institution!— Tiziana Soverino, PhD (@SoverinoTiziana) September 9, 2019
What a step backwards for Portobello and the whole city. Shameful that a place for something as individual as the Bernard Shaw couldn't be supported and sustained in our supposedly culture-rich capital.— Tordelback (@Tordelback) September 9, 2019
The Bernard Shaw is one the best spots I’ve ever been ... now all were left with is hotels and overpriced cocktail bars that serve drinks for the price of your first born ...— danielle (@da1nie25) September 9, 2019
In practical terms - the Bernard Shaw crew have noted they will be starting something else, so let's help them by popping in before they close (end of Oct) & spending some cash there. Pizza & wine consumption for a good cause, like, this is win-win.— Claire Hennessy (@chennessybooks) September 9, 2019
*Taps mic, leans forward*— Paul Hosford (@PTHosford) September 9, 2019
The Bernard Shaw closure represents a wider issue than "just a pub closing" and the fact that rural areas are undergoing similar cultural strip-mining is also bad.
Two things can be bad at once.
They’re closing The Bernard Shaw? Are you fucking serious ? 😫 where is left for Dublin pints and daycent tunes with like minded people?— Rubber Bandits (@Rubberbandits) September 9, 2019
I see the Bernard Shaw is closing. Tragic. Do Dublin developers think in years to come tourists will visit Dublin to go look at other hotels because there will be fuck all else to do— Marc O'Reachtaire (@O_Reachtaire) September 9, 2019
This is terrible, terrible news. Dubliners, we all need to contact our councilors and let them know that we will not tolerate what’s being done to our city and its cultural life. We need them to stand up for Dublin and the people who live, work and make art here, not developers https://t.co/UkV0mKVvPv— Anna Carey (@urchinette) September 9, 2019
Is there anything we can do to save the Bernard Shaw??— sinéad🌻 (@gobblefunker) September 9, 2019
I am DISTRAUGHT that it is closing
The Bernard Shaw was my first office, upstairs with all the Bodytonic promoters doing what we know was valuable work for nightlife culture. To see the BS closing is a sad state of our city today.— Davey B (@Dave_B24) September 9, 2019
No 👏More 👏Hotels
Bernard Shaw closing down talk is making me sad.— Michelle Byrne (@Michelle_Byrne_) September 9, 2019
Also making me sad - here are pictures of the once nightclub ‘Howl at the Moon’ that I have to pass everyday on the way to work as it’s slowly dismantled.
It’s to be replaced by a hotel. @GiveUsTheNight #RaiseTheRoof pic.twitter.com/bEAYdVCsQj
What a huge shame this is.https://t.co/7JvJQteDR2— Shane O Leary (@shaneoleary1) September 9, 2019
Have fond memories of doing a summer unpaid internship with the @bodytonic crew almost a decade ago and the incredible spirit of the Shaw was apparent even then.
Will leave a huge hole in Dublin's social scene.
All my first loves of Dublin are gone.— Shubhangi // 슙항기 // Repealist (@Repealist_) September 9, 2019
Long Stone - first college society - gone.
Sweeney’s - first cry into a pie - gone.
Hangar - first met my best friend - gone.
Bernard Shaw - first date, pint; one of my first panels - gone.
Slán abhaile - this is not a safe home. pic.twitter.com/znbzl6pORM
This was the night of 26th May post Dublin Castle, Coppers and Ryans as I walked half way home because I couldn't get a taxi so I just stood outside the Bernard Shaw for an hour talking to and hugging randomers.— Lucy O'Shea (@lucyoshea) September 9, 2019
Most businesses wouldn't allow this be painted on their wall. pic.twitter.com/HPoEXuQdU6
During depressing post-crash period places like the Bernard Shaw, the Tivoli, Andrews Lane, MART, Exchange, Dublin Urban Farm (Chocolate Factory) and Smithfield Art Tunnel were a breath of fresh air. They created things. Ireland back on its feet but becoming culturally poor.— Luke Holohan (@Lukeholohan) September 9, 2019
Closed in the last 24 months— Cathal Curry (@CurryCathal) September 9, 2019
📚The Bernard Shaw
🌳The Big Tree
Opened in the last 24 months
👨🎓Posh student flats no one can afford
Bernard Shaw and Eatyard being forced to close, I could ACTUALLY scream, the hack of this town and its complete lack of foresight when it comes to anything that provides any semblance of culture for its people— Fionnuala (@FionnualaJay) September 9, 2019
Bernard Shaw is closing down and the Blanchardstown Krispy Kreme is the most successful branch in the world. What is going on?!— Lisa Who (@LizzieLisa) September 9, 2019