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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – UK pub chain JD Wetherspoon has drawn up plans for a £2.5m revamp of the former Carbon nightclub on Eglinton Street in Galway – creating up to 70 jobs,

Plans for the ‘Three Red Sails’ – a two-storey bar and restaurant – were submitted to town hall last week – and the company has said NUI Galway will provide it with a contract.

“It’s 500 meters from NUIG. Importantly, there are also 18,605 students in the college, which provides a market for the proposed development,” the planning application states.

Wetherspoon has decided to reassure local residents that its ‘no music’ policy will be in effect and ‘large bands in fancy dress’ will not be permitted if given permission by Galway City Council.

The company operates more than 860 pubs – including eight in Dublin, Cork and Carlow – and said it would seek “to build long-term relationships with local suppliers” for its all-day food menu.

Plans for the nightclub’s former premises – which Wetherspoon bought in 2019 – involve demolition and renovation work on the ground floor and an extension on the first floor to provide a roof terrace and beer garden. A terrace on the ground floor already exists and will be slightly enlarged.

The drawings indicate approximately 220 seats on the ground floor and 100 people on the first floor (including 50 in the hanging garden).

The trading hours offered are from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday and the company said these reduced hours would be “significantly less heavy usage” than the previous disco.

(Image: what the new pub would look like)

This is an abbreviated version of this article. To read the rest of this story, see the August 5 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can purchase a digital edition HERE.

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