WAS PARTLY DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR A HOTEL
In August 2018 the Big Tree on Dorset Street, one of Dublin’s best known pubs, ceased trading as the site was to be re-developed as a 163 bedroom hotel. According to some reports the original planning permission was for a student accommodation complex.
The pub derived its current name in the aftermath of the 1798 rebellion when after a 60 second trial by Alderman of Dublin City and judge to the prerogative court sentenced John Claudius Beresford, one of Dublin’s most notorious character’s, and 5 other men to be hanged at the spot outside the tavern where they were arrested. The tree that they were hanged from became known as the Big Tree and over the years the tavern became known as the Big Tree Tavern.
The Tavern has been on the site since 1543 originating as an Inn. Back in the medieval days it was famously known as the “Rose Tavern”.