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New home for The Sextant

Wednesday, 6th February, 2019 4:55pm

Landmark pub The Sextant is set to move to a new city centre home after more than 100 years pouring pints on Albert Street.

The long-running pub is to move into 32 Marlborough Street, just off Oliver Plunkett Street, after its current building was reportedly sold for redevelopment.

The popular bar will hope to breathe new life into a street which has been hit with several high-profile business closures in recent years, including Clancy’s bar and the nearby Liam Ruiseal’s bookshop.

The as-yet unnamed new venture is set to open in the near future, and will mean a major change for one of Leeside’s longest-serving watering holes, which has been on Albert Street since it was built in 1887 by Beamish and Crawford.

The news comes after The Sextant revealed this week it was to close its doors on 16 February at its current premises.

“It’ll be my first time being in the city centre, which will be exciting,” says Hazel Hutchinson, licensee of The Sextant, told the Cork Independent. “Obviously after nine or ten years we have some very loyal customers and made good friends, some of whom have been coming for over 40 years, and who’ll come with us and create a new atmosphere.

“We haven’t yet decided on a name, but it’ll be keeping with The Sextant anyway for sure.”

The pub is among a number of businesses rumoured to be closing to make way for a new project on Albert Quay and Albert Street, close to the neighbouring Navigation Square site currently being developed by O’Callaghan Properties.

Hazel said she was disappointed and surprised to be told of the sale of the pub’s building given its long history.

“It’s got so much character and personality. It’s a pity about the building itself, because it has so much history. I spoke to one man in his early 70s who came in and asked if there was any chance he could go upstairs. He told me he used to live above the pub, he lived his whole young life there with his family until he was 20.

“We’re nestled in between the two glass buildings going up around us, which I thought would have looked lovely having the old with the new.

“I knew it was coming down the line but I wasn’t really expecting it so soon. It’s going to completely change the area. It’ll be unusual.

“We’ll be having our last night serving on 16 February, but as I said, we’re hoping a lot of our customers will be coming with us.”

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