Major Disruption to the DFC Main Hall
We are sorry to share with all our members, and the wider community, that there was a serious incident at the Co-op on the night of Monday 4th December. This has had a disastrous effect on the party wall at the rear of the Co-op, between the Main Hall and an adjacent construction site working on a new ‘Dublin Whiskey Distillery’.
Due to recent works carried out by these contractors onsite, this party wall has been critically compromised. Thankfully this happened during the night and no one was injured.
We have been advised by a structural engineer that the structural integrity of the Main Hall has now been critically compromised. This means that the area is strictly off limits to all staff, volunteers, members and visitors. The Co-op Shop was thankfully unaffected.
As a consequence, we regret to inform all members that the Thursday Café, all markets and scheduled events will not be held in the Main Hall until further notice.
We wish to reassure members that despite the profound impact this incident will have on our community life, the Co-op Shop will be unaffected by this incident and will remain open as usual.
We will be making an extraordinary effort to retain as much of our Saturday and Sunday markets as is possible, to offer to Co-op members and visitors the same warm welcoming and quality produce that they have rely on the Co-op for.
Unfortunately we won’t be able to have hot food stalls, but will provide tea, coffee and cakes from the Thursday Café.
The Co-op producers and stallholders will have spaces in the corridor and in the room at 11 Newmarket thanks to the support of our landlord and the solidarity of our neighbours Sona 10 co-working space. Lino’s olive oils and Italian products, Sophie’s and Ariane’s beautiful clothes, Melissa’s essential oils and candles, John’s breads (with Caryna’s cakes!), Laura’s books, everyone will be there! Make sure to come too.
In these difficult circumstances all support from our members and community is welcome. We appreciate if members could show their continued solidarity by renewing their membership for 2018. It would be a huge gesture of appreciation and confidence that our community has the resilience to overcome this huge challenge.
We will continue to update members as this situation develops — but rest assured that we are pursuing all available options to resume normal service and to those associated with the construction works next door account for their actions.
Hope to see you at the Co-op this December — for shopping, fun and most importantly, community!