The old Tara Ballroom, in Courtown, is to be demolished to make way for
shops and apartments, after Wexford County Council gave the green light for it
to be knocked down.
The landmark building’s owner, Francis Dooley, was granted permission on
Friday to demolish what is now The Beacon nightclub and replace it with a
development ranging from two to five stories, and containing 34 apartments and
nine shops. One of the shops will be a 1,125 square metre supermarket.
The whole nightclub will now be demolished, along with the fast food
restaurant and part of the pub beside it, The DB, to make way for the new
When The Echo first broke the news in August that Mr. Dooley wanted to tear
down the former ballroom and replace it with the new development, many people
reacted with a touch of sadness as they recalled its glory days when it played
host to many visiting showbands.
Testament to the affection in which it is still held by many people, is the
reaction, received by this newspaper, to an article on its history which was
published in The Echo in September.
Speaking to The Echo yesterday, Francis Dooley said he was happy to get the
decision from the county council. He said the development would not be started
for “some time” yet.
He was unsympathetic to those who would oppose the building’s destruction
saying that it was progress, and that it would breath new life into Courtown.
“It’s dead at the moment,” he pointed out, before adding: “Everybody is
condemning the place for years, and now that it is condemned people want to
bring it back. You can’t win.”
The Tara Ballroom building will now make way, as will part of the take away
and the pub beside it, for 34 apartments, (three one-bedroom, 20 two-bedroom and
11 three-bedroom), nine new retail units including the 1,125 square metre
convenience store, and a basement car park.
The fast food restaurant will be moved to the western end of the site.
Conroy, Crowe and Kelly, of 65, Merrion Square, Dublin 2, are the architects
looking after the project.