For over two years the National Irish Bank has been lying idle on Ballinamore’s Main Street, but things are set to change as planning permission is being sought to change the building into a licenced premises.
The closing of Ballinamore’s NIB in 2010 was seen as an end of an era, as this bank was the oldest in Ballinamore, dating back to 1880.
Not only was the closure of the bank an inconvenience to NIB customers, but it saw one more empty building occupying Ballinamore’s Main thoroughfare.
Aughnasheelin man Osman Costello who currently runs Lawrences Bar on Main St, Ballinamore is applying to Leitrim County Council for a change of use of the premises formerly known as National Irish Bank to a licenced premises.
The planning application proposes the creation of a public bar and provision of an off-licence with a new front entrance, replacement of existing windows in the front elevation and extension of existing buildings to the rear of the property to provide kitchen, staff, toilet and storage facilities.
Permission is also sought to provide an open smoking area, 3 car parking spaces, and all ancillary works necessary to complete the development at Stradermot Td, Main St, Ballinamore.
The large 3 storey mid terraced bank and commercial property has residential accommodation on the upper floors. The ground floor of the property was used for bank purposes while the remainder was for residential use. There is a small enclosed yard to the rear with shared access via an archway from the Main Street. This property is listed on the record of protected structures in Ireland.
The 3,658 sq foot property was for sale for €140,000 by DNG Farrell but is now advertised as “Let Agreed.”
The planning application is available to view at Aras Chontae Liatroma Council offices, Carrick-on-Shannon.
If planning permission is granted, it could see plenty of life return to the 130 year old building and a new entertainment venue in Ballinamore.
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