Public Meeting re Union Cafe Redevelopment this Friday 7.30pm


Fitzwilliam Room in the Community Centre this Friday 27th April at 7.30 pm

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has granted planning permission (16th April 2018) for the redevelopment of the Union Café site and we need your support in appealing a key aspect of this development to An Bord Pleanála. If this project proceeds as planned, our quiet suburb could become one of Dublin’s major party locations and could devalue residential property in Mount Merrion.

What is planned?

  • Fifty (50) good quality apartments, which the MMRA believe is acceptable
  • A major three (3) storey pub/function room party venue on the top floor with open terraces 30 metres from residential dwellings on North Avenue

The MMRA has serious reservations regarding this planned pub/function room. Our primary concern is that we see it as a potential “Wetherspoon’s type” sports bar/party venue, and which we expect will result in frequent late-night openings and consequent noise, nuisance and anti-social behaviour.  In recent times, we have seen significant anti-social behaviour after the outdoor screenings of football matches/ other sporting events at this venue.

The location of the planned pub is approximately 30 meters from the houses on North Avenue and the balcony looks directly onto the fronts of these houses and indeed onto the rear of houses on The Rise.

The proposed pub’s first and second floor open terraces are located 2 meters from North Avenue at the Deerpark Road Junction and pose serious risks to road users.

What are we asking of you?

Inform yourself on the detail of this proposed development by attending a


Fitzwilliam Room in the Community Centre this Friday 27th April at 7.30 pm


Well done to @Mount_Merrion @MountMerrionRA for an excellent AGM this evening. Photo with President Kate Canning & committee member Brendan McManus.

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Mount Merrion is a suburban estate in South County Dublin developed on lands once the seat of the Viscounts Fitwilliam. Centred around the Deerpark, a public park first landscaped by the 5th Viscount, and the remains of the house he built there in 1711, Mount Merrion today is generally considered to be bounded to the North by The UCD campus at Belfield, to the East by the N11 and Booterstown and Blackrock, to the South by Stillorgan and  Kilmacud, and to the West by Goatstown and Clonskeagh.

The Mount Merrion Residents Association, founded in 1935, is the oldest residents’ association in continuous existence in Ireland. It represents the following roads:

  • Callary Road
  • Cedarmount Road
  • Cherry Garth
  • Chestnut Road
  • Clonmore Road
  • The Close
  • Cypress Road
  • Deerpark Road
  • Fosters Avenue
  • The Fosters
  • Glenabbey Road
  • Greenfield Road
  • Greygates
  • Iris Grove
  • Lower Kilmacud Road
  • Mather Road North
  • Mather Road South
  • Mount Anville Road
  • North Avenue
  • Owenstown Park
  • Redesdale Crescent
  • Redesdale Road
  • The Rise
  • Roebuck Ave
  • St Thomas Road
  • St Thomas Mead
  • South Avenue
  • Sycamore Road
  • Sycamore Cresent
  • Sycamore Avenue
  • Thornhill Road
  • Trees Avenue
  • Trees Road Lower
  • Trees Road Upper
  • Wilson Crescent
  • Wilson Road

At its peak, Mount Merrion rises to 82m (269ft) above sea level.