Sunday, November 29, 2020

The popular Durkin’s Bar, Restaurant and Accommodation in the heart of Ballaghaderreen will re-open on Friday next under the management of James Mitchell and Patrick Sharkey.

James Mitchell and Patrick Sharkey are in the final throes of getting the well-known Durkin’s Bar and Restaurant ready for its reopening next Friday.

Last June it was announced that after 48 years in the catering industry, 44 of those at its present location, Durkin’s Bar, Restaurant and Accommodation would not be reopened by the Durkin family after the Covid-19 lockdown.
The premises were subsequently sold to Noel and Joanne Regan and leased to James Mitchell and Patrick Sharkey. James had worked in Durkin’s for 26 years, and Patrick had been there for 16 years.

Both men well-known through their involvement with Ballaghaderreen GAA Club over the years, James Mitchell played U21 football for Mayo and was part of the team that reached the 1995 All-Ireland final where they were beaten after a replay by Kerry. He was also the trainer to Mayo’s All-Ireland winning minor footballers in 2013.

Now James and Patrick have announced that there will be a newly refurbished bar, a new café, cocktail menu, state-of-the-art meeting rooms and a new 50-space car park at Durkin’s. They have thanked the owners for “entrusting them to bring this local institution back to Ballaghaderreen”.

James Mitchell, right, with manager Enda Gilvarry on their way to winning an All-Ireland minor football crown with Mayo in 2013.

“Bookings will open shortly to comply with the updated guidelines. We look forward to welcoming you all, and please bear with us during this initial period with Covid-19 restrictions,” they said on Saturday.

The pair have now overseen an extensive renovation of the premises.

“There isn’t one part of the building which hasn’t got something new . . . by the time we’re finished every corner will have been changed,” James recently told The Irish Times.

“It’s hard to know post-pandemic what will happen, but I think it has shown people can work from home and I think that will lead to more people moving west, or moving home. Hopefully, that will continue – certainly, we’ll be providing the services for that,” Patrick Sharkey said.

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