‘Business as usual’ at village pub in Limerick

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Closed: The Westward Ho! pub closed last week - but management say it will reopen
MANAGEMENT at the Westward Ho! pub in Limerick’s Mungret Village have insisted it is “business as usual” at the bar.

MANAGEMENT at the Westward Ho! pub in Limerick’s Mungret Village have insisted it is “business as usual” at the bar.

It came after the premises closed suddenly last week.

However, in a post on the pub’s Facebook page, it was insisted the only reason the premises closed was to carry out renovations.

“It is business as usual in the bar. Many thanks for your support,” the post added.

It is understood 10 people are working at the last remaining pub in Mungret village.

Local councillor Daniel Butler said: “This business is a key part of the Mungret village community that has seen great renewal by Limerick City and County Council in collaboration with the Mungret Council and local representatives.”

He added: “I am glad to hear efforts are being made to ensure it re-opens fully and I hope these are successful as there is great history tied to that business.”

“This again highlights the need for us to support our local businesses if we want them to remain open and I hope if the attempt to re-open is successful that we all support it with our custom,” he concluded.

After he made his comments the popular pub re-opened for business.

Nigel Mercier of the Mungret Community Council said the closure would have been felt profoundly.

“It is a very important place for people to meet. I know most of my neighbours and friends from going down to the pub. That’s how I got to know people when I first moved in. People share things in a pub which they would not share anywhere else,” Mr Mercier said.

Older people in the community would also miss the facility, he said, because it was perhaps their only chance to leave the house during the day and evening time.

The only bar facility in Mungret would have been at the local GAA club. But Mr Mercier said that this is often booked out for events.