Pleas to keep the Lucan lion are shot down

by Ian Begley

WHILE Cecil the lion is still being mourned, the concrete lion statue above Carroll’s Pub in Lucan village received little sympathy when South Dublin County Council ordered that it be taken down.
The owners of Carroll’s pub, The Louis Fitzgerald Group, were refused permission for retention of the lion by council planners, finding that it was to an eyesore.
According to the council’s planning and transportation department: “It is considered that the statue, by reason of its scale and prominence, fails to visually integrate with the architectural conservation area, and as such, seriously injures the visual amenities of the area.
“The development proposed for retention would set an undesirable precedent for other similar developments within the architectural conservation area, which would in themselves and cumulatively be harmful to the visual amenities of the area and would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.”
The council’s decision has been met with a mixed reaction from local residents.
In a letter to the council objecting to the retention of the lion, one woman wrote: “This lion statue, of colossal proportions, has been placed on a flat roof of a building which overlooks this very traditional village green. It detracts from the character of the street/roofscape, and in my opinion, materially affects the traditional character of the village.
It has no artistic, cultural, social or technical interest or value and certainly does not contribute to the appreciation of this protected village. It is an eye sore.”
Kevin O’Loughlin of Lucan Tidy Towns told The Gazette he thought the lion statue looked out of place in the village.
He said: “I can’t speak for everyone in Lucan Tidy Towns, but personally I think the lion doesn’t really fit into the village. I also don’t really get the idea of the lion either. To me a lion is something you would see on an English pub and not an Irish pub. Carroll’s go to a lot of effort putting up flowers and making their premises look really nice, but I just think the lion statue looks out of place.”
The Louis Fitzgerald Group declined to comment on the issue.

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