Sticky carpet from Limerick’s Costello’s Tavern in hoax online sale

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Costello's Tavern with an inset of the old carpet laid on the pavement outside Costello's Nightclub. Now a trickster has offered it for sale on www.donedeal.ie. Main picture: Adrian Butler
COSTELLO’s nightclub in Dominic Street replaced its famously sticky carpet this week – and it wasn’t long before a trickster put an advert online advertising it for sale.

COSTELLO’s nightclub in Dominic Street replaced its famously sticky carpet this week – and it wasn’t long before a trickster put an advert online advertising it for sale.

One crafty onlooker photographed the carpet being removed, and immediately placed an advert on the buy-and-sell web site Done Deal.

The advert states that the vendor will accept a bid of €1,500 – but then adds that any offer at all will be accepted, even a few cans of beer to take away.

Describing it as a “luxurious local Limerick landmark”, the person who placed the advert – who went by the moniker of Ba Humbug gushed about the “very used” roll of carpet, writing: “Some say this adorned the very bunker in which Hitler took refuge in his final days, others say this was the original breeding ground for foot and mouth disease, all we know is it needs a good home. Who would this amazing item suit?”

As well as a fabulously sticky floor, Costello’s is also famous for its ‘cage’ smoking area in the Upper Deck. One of the most popular nightclubs in the city, tens of thousands of revellers have danced away down through the years, with the music proving enormously popular.

The legendary venue is run by businessman Flan Costello, an ever present at the front door, while collecting the €5 entry fee the upstairs section.

Mr Costello was not available for comment, but a staff member confirmed that while a brand new carpet had been indeed been fitted, the cheeky advert was most definitely a hoax.

“Ye’d have to speak to Flan, but as far as we are concerned the advert has nothing to do with Costello’s. No affiliation whatsoever,” the staff member said.

As of this Wednesday night, it had been viewed more than 8,000 times.