Cinema approved at MacDonagh

Planning permission has been granted for a six-screen cinema to be built at MacDonagh Junction shopping centre, writes Tess Felder.

Planning permission has been granted for a six-screen cinema to be built at MacDonagh Junction shopping centre, writes Tess Felder.

Kilkenny Borough Council has given its approval for the plans to construct a 1,004-seat multiplex cinema building on the site of the disused rail tracks and former station platform on the southern edge of the MacDonagh Junction Goods’ Shed Square.

The plans include the dismantling of the former railway station platform, “allowing for the restoration, re-use and relocation of the platform’s cast iron columns and arched beams within Goods’ Shed Square,” and the creation of a new pedestrian linkage south of the proposed cinema connecting MacDonagh Railway Station to John Street Upper/Castlecomer Road.

The proposed site for the cinema is beside the location where planning permission exists for a hotel within the MacDonagh Junction complex.

Objections to the cinema development were submitted by the Omniplex Cinema Kilkenny and by Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.

At the council’s request, the developers of the MacDonagh Junction cinema also made several changes to the size and design of the proposed building during the planning process.