Ballaghaderreen locals are hoping that work on the former Durkin’s Bar and Restaurant means the premises will reopen before the end of the year.
It’s understood the interior of the town centre premises has been “gutted” in recent weeks with a local construction crew carrying out the refurbishment works.
The family-run business didn’t open after lockdown and in early June brothers Andrew and Colm Durkin confirmed the end of a 48-year spell in the catering industry
Staff had been informed of the problems associated with the business and the uncertain future in early May but locals were shocked and saddened to hear that it was in trouble.
“There have been many, many more good times than bad over those 48 years, first on Main Street and then from April 1, 1976, until March 16 last at The Square, not least being all friends we have made through the business,” said the brothers.
There were fears the premises would not reopen in the short or medium term but it’s understood a local businessman has acquired the premises.
Durkin’s became a landmark building in the border town. It was a popular stop-off for Mayo people travelling to Dublin and was a busy haunt after match days in Croke Park. The late Gay Bryne broadcast his radio show from the pub, staff catered for a government meeting in Dillon House and most recently the pub was immortalised in song with ‘The Bar on the Square’.