Sunday, January 30, 2022

Self-proclaimed as the most westerly pub in Europe, the famous Gielty’s Bar and Restaurant in Achill has been placed on the market for sale.

The announcement was made by owner Alan Gielty on Saturday.

Situated in the village of Dooagh, Gielty’s is the last pub on the road of pubs in Achill Island – and the last stop before the world-famous Keem Beach.

It has become renowned for the quality of its locally sourced food in particular, and has become a hugely popular haunt for holidaymakers, bus tours and locals alike, not least because the venue is a hotbed of traditional Irish music as well.

The premises comes complete with a function room which can cater for up to 180 people and a coffee shop as well, but it’s the stunning panoramic views of Clew Bay from the front bar that for years and years has drawn people back time and again to the venue.

Alan Gielty is the third-generation of his family to have run the establishment which has prided itself on the warmth of its friendly welcome and professional service. But on Saturday, Alan took to social media to declare his intention to pull his last pint.

Bar and restaurant owner Alan Gielty with actor Colin Farrell who spent time on his premises when filming in Achill in 2021.

I have been working here since I was 13, redeveloped the business in 2005 and have happily run it for 21 years,” he said on Facebook. “Now I’m looking to spend more time with family. As of today Gielty’s Bar and Restaurant is officially for sale.”

Floods of well-wishers reacted to the news, many reliving their memories of great times they had in Gielty’s.

The sale is being handled by Cork-based property agents ERA Downey-McCarthy.

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