Text: Izzy Copestake
Great news for anyone who prefers a pub with an atmosphere.
British pub chain giant JD Wetherspoons has recently announced that they intend to sell all of their regional pubs. Pub goers across counties Galway, Waterford, Cork, and Carlow can finally kiss goodbye to British-owned ‘Irish pubs’ with plates that look like your dad’s worst shirt and no Guinness… or music.
The expected price for the total portfolio is over 10 million Euro. Savills has stated that the sale offers ‘a rare opportunity to acquire an exceptional collection of landmark licensed properties in some of the most coveted locations in the country.’The news comes 10 years after Spoons opened its first pub in Blackrock, which controversially chose to stock Beamish and Murphys – but no Guinness. This Wetherspoons has since closed.
The company has stated that the planned closures will not impact Wetherspoons’ locations in Dublin such as The Forty Foot in Dún Laoghaire, The Great Wood in Blanchardstown, and The Silver Penny on Lower Abbey Street. Wetherspoons’ Galway location is expected to attract particular attention in the sale as it’s the former Carbon Night Club in the heart of the city and has recently been granted planning permission to permit licensed premises and restaurant usage.
Only time will tell if the newly available locations will be transformed into much needed new pillars of nightlife and culture outside Dublin.
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