Over the weekend, two of Dublin's most well-known gig venues shut up shop. Crawdaddy and Tripod have bitten the dust, as too have the Odeon bar next door and The Lower Deck.
It seems the decision came as a surprise to staff and the gig-going public alike. It's reported that workers at the two venues on Harcourt St were only informed of the decision at midday on Saturday.
Both Crawdaddy and Tripod, which were housed in the old Harcourt St train station building, seem to be permanently closed. Which jars with the fact that the company's website seems to still be selling tickets for upcoming gigs.
The status of those music events is still unclear, as there's been no statement from POD yet. They will most likely have to be transferred to other similarly-sized venues in the city.
According to reports by the Irish Times and Nialler9.com, the Harcourt St building has been leased to the group behind Flannery's Pub and will become one massive nightclub. It's location at the top of Harcourt St would be in the perfect place to rival Copperface Jacks.