The rural pub made famous by Pat Shortt’s hit TV show Killinaskully has called last orders for the final time.
An Bonnán Buí, in the North Tipperary village of Ballinahinch, which became known to millions of television viewers of Shortt’s Killinaskully comedy series as ‘Jacksie’s’ pub, closed at the weekend after the recession eroded its customer base.
The Irish Examiner reported that hundreds of people crammed every corner of the cosy pub to enjoy a last round before the pub closed its doors.
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For the past six years the pub had been run by Martina Maloney on a lease arrangement, and after some successful times, Martina said that "business has dropped off over the past 18 months or so, people just haven’t got the money, but the locals have been very loyal customers.”
James Lee, the auctioneer handling the sale of the pub, said it has been listed with a guide price of €165,000, and that interest has been so strong the pub’s doors might not be closed for too long.
He revealed: “There are a number of interested parties and the business is going to be sold.
“We’ve received solid offers and I expect a deal will be closed within the next couple of weeks and that business will be resumed there before too long.”