Top Limerick nightspot to reopen in June

Alan Owens


Alan Owens

ONE of the city’s best known nightspots, the Brazen Head – home to the famous Ted’s nightclub – is to reopen next month

ONE of the city’s best known nightspots, the Brazen Head – home to the famous Ted’s nightclub – is to reopen next month

Currently undergoing a major re-fit that includes a full renovation of the nightclub, which is located below street level and was frequented by Johnny Depp and other stars who came to Limerick over its history, plans are afoot to re-open the full complex along with a bar and restaurant that could lead to the establishment of more than 30 jobs in the city.

Owner Frank Murray confirmed to the Limerick Leader this Wednesday that he hoped to open the complex “in early June”.

The venue has been closed for more than two years, but extensive building works, including a planned replacement of the iconic canopy above the door of the venue, are taking place this week.

“The whole place has been smartened up,” said Mr Murray.

“We are not quite completed yet but we are hoping to open in early June. It will be a full bar, restaurant and club,” he added.

The complex closed in 2004 after three decades in business, but reopened the following year. However, it closed two years ago last May and has lain idle since, requiring a considerable amount of building work to have it ready for an early June opening.

A new kitchen has been installed in the complex and a restaurant will form part of the new look venue, providing a boost both to the city’s economy and nightlife. A royal blue canopy is to be installed above the venue in the coming weeks to mark the re-opening.

This year actually marks the 75th year of the Brazen Head’s location on O’Connell Street.

“I agreed the sale with Ted on March 25, 1985 – that is when it came our hands,” said Frank of the history of the complex.

“It is 75 years this year since the Brazen Head opened on O’Connell Street, they moved the stone from John’s Street up to the wall outside the complex in 1947,” he added. In a nod to its status as a top local hang-out, Frank joked that “most of the people I know all met their wives there – guys from Limerick, Dublin, London and beyond.”

Ted’s was one of the city’s top nightlife locations for years before its demise, and was frequented by luminaries such as movie star Depp and Richard Branson over its storied history.