Benburb St

benburb street 17 March 2012

HDL were called in on St. Patrick’s Day by the Dangerous Buildings Section of Dublin City Council to the scene of a fire at 5/6 Benburb Street, The fire started in No.6 and spread to the adjacent pub in No.5. While they appeared relatively intact from the street, the two buildings had been completely gutted inside with the result that the remaining external walls had no bracing support and were seriously unstable. Initial attempts were made to save these buildings because of their historic value, but it soon became apparent that this was impossible to achieve and the decision was made to partially demolish them to 1st floor level. These buildings date to the 1720s and were built as part of a regular terrace of houses on the main road leading to the newly built Royal Barracks, now Collins Barracks.

Serious disruption was caused to the Luas Red line as it passes immediately outside the affected buildings as a result of the overhead power lines having to be turned off to allow for the works to be carried out.