A POPULAR pub on the northside is expected to reopen in the next two weeks.
Woodview businessman Tony Fitzgerald has bought Quilty’s Bar in Thomondgate, which closed in December 2010 after going into liquidation.
Now, Mr Fitzgerald, also of Dock Road firm Limerick Glass, has confirmed he has bought the pub, and will reopen it with the creatioin of six full-and-part-time jobs.
He says he has sunk €50,000 into the refurbishment of the premises, which was a popular spot for Munster fans en route to Thomond Park.
“We have changed the whole back, there will now be a beer garden there, and a smoking area there. We are giving it a major overhaul,” he said.
The neighbouring off-licence which also closed when the old pub went into liquidation will also reopen, Mr Fitzgerald confirmed.
Mr Fitzgerald signed the deal to reopen Quilty’s around two months ago.
“It has been missed in the area. I come from the area originally, and I felt this bar has great potential, and I felt I could make a go of it,” he told the Limerick Leader.
Former mayor and Thomondgate-based councillor Kevin Kiely welcomed the news.
He said: “This is going to provide local jobs for local people, and the Fitzgerald family have a proven track record in sport, and I think they will do quite well. I wish them well.”
A Thomondgate institution for many years, there was sadness when Quilty’s closed with the loss of nine positions.
The pub was previously owned by Lisnagry businessman Michael Dolan. It is believed debts were substantial.