This afternoon.

Richmond Street South, Dublin 2.

Via Shaw & Shoddytonic Crew

We’ve tried really hard over the last few months to renew the lease, stay on longer, or buy the place. A lot of things didn’t go our way over the last 12 months either, but it’s out of our hands now unfortunately.

…Dublin is changing, we can all see and feel it but we are going nowhere & we won’t go down without a fight. We’ll start something else, somewhere else [ plans are afoot ] , and keep fighting the good fight.

There are so many young creative, clever, smart people in Dublin & Ireland at the moment – there’s lots to be optimistic about – but they need the spaces to meet each other, make plans, and make them happen!

We’ll have more info, lineups, events, wakes, next steps out over the next few days & weeks…. until the end of October we’re open as normal, we’re ready for y’all and we’re gonna party like its….2019!

It is with heavy heart… (Bernard Shaw)

The Bernard Shaw and Eatyard Are To Close On October 31 (Golden Plec)

Meanwhile…

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62 thoughts on “Heartbreak House

  1. MaryLou's ArmaLite

    Reading that statement you’d swear they were running a charity or some altruistic service, it was a commercial venture, and don’t get me wrong, it was/is a grand pub, but get over yerselves.

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    1. Mr.Fart

      they showcased a lot of art. put on exhibitions, played host to musicians, acts, all sorts of different creative people got an airing there. no other pub does that. it really was more than just a pub.

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        1. Mr.Fart

          ok rob lets hear it. let’s hear your presumably poopy take on this situation. are you glad to see the shaw close? are you glad to see huge office blocks go up all around it. cmon, let me have it.

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  2. class wario

    Blueshirts and friends won’t be happy until Dublin is one big soulless mixed commercial/residential tower block

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      1. class wario

        in your usual rush to be a killjoy contrarian bore on every broadsheet post you seem to have conveniently overlooked the use of ‘friends’ there to represent the sort of big business and commercial ventures which time and time again push cultural spaces to the margins when money gets involved. moves like this don’t exist in a DCC controlled vacuum either, the overall political environment feeds into them at every level (I presume you are aware of this fwiw but your bad faith points all deserve a mention)

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        1. Mr.Fart

          brilliant. love seeing rob g gettin dunked on. but as im sure you know, he’ll reply and ignore all your salient points and hammer home some awful point you’ve already refuted. probably the worst of all the commenters on BS.

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        2. Rob_G

          “…big business and commercial ventures”

          – bodytonic is one of biggest music & events companies operating in the Irish market. One of their (numerous) pubs had a planning decision go against it.

          Now, while I consider it a pity that the Bernard Shaw is closing down, trying to frame this as ‘big business Vs the little artsy collective’ flies in the face of objective reality.

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          1. Mr.Fart

            he didn’t say that. once again rob, ur putting words in peoples mouths. read his comment, he doesnt say that, he says art gets pushed aside for big corporations, and it does.

          2. Rob_G

            It. is. a. pub.

            Owned by a ‘big corporation’ (one which operates 7 other pubs).

            The landlord wants to sell; a pity, but that’s business. There is clearly a demand for this style of pub, I’m sure bodytonic or another ‘corporation’ will have the wherewithal to open similar nearby.

  3. steve white

    puzzles me that creative ventures take advantage of cheaper rents in areas of dereliction and then are surprised to have to move on at some point.

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    1. Rob_G

      indeed – presumably they could go and work their magic somewhere around Thomas St or the north inner city – loads of derelict pubs that could be leased there.

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      1. Spaghetti Hoop

        +1
        Considered the Shaw as one of the city’s many pop-up cultural and creative establishments that arose during the recession. Eatyard was great. Their tenure was never going to last forever. Another home would be a good move.

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  4. Steve

    Its on a block of land where all the other small business owners were also turfed out of their leased buildings. The former tenants of the block, beyond Raw Gym, added very little to the overall community around there generally.

    Frankly, if everyone was being very honest with themselves, the Shaw has gone steadily downhill as a pub and meeting place over the last 2 years anyway. Now Eatyard is a different story, that’ll be missed.

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    1. Mobi

      Agree 100%.

      The area is going to be redeveloped. Might as well do it properly. This has been on cards for years.

      As other people have said there are lots of places they could move to.

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  5. eoin

    Remind us again how much we give the bloody Abbey to put on foreign plays with foreign performers and foreign management (it’s €7-8 million).

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    1. ReproBertie

      While the Peacock has a lot of Fringe stuff on, some of which is foreign, pretty much from now until October 26th the only thing at the Abbey is a play by Lisa Tierney-Keogh and a play by Dermot Bolger.

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      1. Increasing Displacement

        Jug of red bull and buckfast please, no I’ll take it out back where everyone is smoking joints and playing pool thanks.

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  6. Yer auld lad

    The Bernie kept my session going through the recession. I’ve long since moved country but it was always nice to know that it still existed, and I’d visit it every time I’m home. I’ll be sad to see the place go.

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    1. Chlorinated RTE Canteen Chicken

      It wasn’t good. Fairly lame hipster street food priced at over the odds for them that wasn’t fed enough for free already in Facebook and Google.

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  7. Peter Dempsey

    I won’t miss it. The Bernard Shaw was a place where I felt judged as soon as I walked through the door. Funny to see the bearded lads who find lots of stuff “problematic” wailing on Twitter. Maybe stop thinking you’re better than everybody else and framing everything in big-business-is-bad context.

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  8. Chlorinated RTE Canteen Chicken

    Cure article by Una Mullally on woke g-entrification.

    In fairness though, it added colour though not to the local community who avoided it.

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      1. Chlorinated RTE Canteen Chicken

        They would rather have neither.

        The people most bemoaning the closure of this place are the very people responsible for the decline of Dublin. How many of them are native D8ers? Dublin Bikes Ex-Pat Tech Worker AirBnB JustEat Flat White Hell.

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  9. Mart

    Second only to The Pillar Bar as the worst/slowest service in the city. You definitely wouldn’t want to go in thirsty anyway.

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  10. Stan

    “I assume Dublin City Council’s current strategy of turning Dublin into an anonymous Northern UK town bombed during WW2 is to ensure stag/hen party tourists from those towns aren’t scared off by anything novel”.

    I live most of the time in a Northern UK town (Leeds), and it’s got a lot more independent cultural spaces and urban variety than Dublin these days.

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