Sunday 18 August 2019

Oak Tavern set to rise from the ashes

The site at Ferrycarrig Bridge and inset, the Oak Tavern in its heyday.
The site at Ferrycarrig Bridge and inset, the Oak Tavern in its heyday.

By David Tucker

a landmark Wexford pub and restaurant, which was destroyed in a fire in 2006, is to be rebuilt after the project was granted planning permission by the county council.

Thomas McGuinness had re-applied for permission for the development of the Oak Tavern, at Ferrycarrig Bridge, including all associated site works, car parks and junction improvement works to the N11.

The application said the development represented the substantial replacement of the former Oak Tavern building which was previously granted planning permission. A traditional design is being proposed which replicates the building that was destroyed by the fire.

In his recommendation for approval, senior executive planner James Lavin says the development is located on the riverside and would be very prominent.

'The pervious building had a similar impact but this was viewed very positively and considered very much part of the character of the area and of Wexford town.'

The development site is close to three monuments: The Norman Tower House, the Ringfort and the Crimean Monument, but it's not anticipated there will be any impact on them.

An archeaologist has been retained to monitor all site investigations, while the proposed works to be carried out on the N11, to provide a safe access, have been revised and improved in agreement with the National Roads Authority.

Before the development commences an archeological assessment report has to be submitted to the planning authority and the heritage service at the Department of the Environment .

The site is located in an area of high vulnerability, given its riverside location and the floor level will be raised compared to the original building while the basement is designed to be watertight.

Among conditions set by planners is that there should be no floodlighting on the River Slaney and external light sources should be designed to minimise light emissions.

In his conclusion, Mr Lavin says the application provides for the replacement of a taven that was 'a long established public house that due to its riverside location was a very popular destination for locals and tourists and alike. It's redevelopmment is welcomed and will add to the attractions in the town'.

The 200-year-old Oak Tavern, once one of Wexford's best-known pubs, was gutted within the space of a couple of hours when fire broke out in April, 2006. No-one was injured in the fire at the pub which at that time was conservatively estimated to be worth €2.5 million. A time frame on the development has yet to be revealed.

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