Keep historic Kelly’s Cellars in Belfast, Northern Ireland a listed building.
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Despite being of enormous historical significance and one of the oldest pubs in Belfast, Kelly’s Cellars at 30-32 Bank Street, Belfast could soon lose its listed status according to an article published in the Belfast Telegraph on 20th February, 2015.
The article clearly indicates that if we are to keep Kelly's Cellars protected, time is of the essence - "The delisting proposals will be referred to the Historic Buildings Council and Belfast City Council for review and decisions will be finalised at the end of February ."
*Removal of listed status would leave Kelly’s Cellars vulnerable to development or demolition.*
We must not allow this to happen and here is why;
> Kelly’s Cellars, was built in 1720 by merchant Hugh Kelly who kept it as a bonded warehouse selling rum, gin and whiskey and is one of the oldest pubs of Belfast and the oldest licensed premises in Belfast.
> Kelly's Cellars has changed very little in 200 years and still retains many of its original features.
> It is of enormous historical significance and is well-known as a meeting place for Henry Joy McCracken and the United Irishmen when they were planning the 1798 Rising; one of the most important historical events in Irish history; McCracken, in an ultimately unsuccessful effort to elude capture by British soldiers, reportedly hid behind the bar.
> “Whilst it has been altered, the building retains historic character and has significant architectural value. Indeed, the Ulster History Circle recognises its significance as a meeting place for the United Irishmen 1791 to 1798,” said the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society as quoted in the Belfast Telegraph.
> A blue plaque was erected on the site by the Ulster History Circle stating that the Society of United Irishmen met there during the period 1791 to 1798.
Help ensure the preservation of this essential part of both the cultural heritage of Belfast and Irish history! Please sign and share this petition calling on Minister for the Environment, Mark H Durkan MLA, the Historic Buildings Council and Belfast City Council to ensure that Kelly's Cellars, 30-32 Bank Street, Belfast retains protected status as a listed building.
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