Sold! Well-known Limerick pub changes hands for close to asking price

Eugene Phelan

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Eugene Phelan

Willie Sexton’s pub which has been sold and is due to re-open before Christmas Picture: Michael Cowhey

Willie Sexton’s pub which has been sold and is due to re-open before Christmas Picture: Michael Cowhey

ONE of the best known watering holes in Limerick city, Willie Sexton’s on Henry Street, has been sold.

The pub was run for many years by the former Garryowen and Irish rugby player, who still has another premises on the Ennis Road.

Willie Sexton’s on Henry Street was very popular with the sporting fraternity, especially rugby supporters. The pub closed in early January, 2017.

While no one was available from comment at Chesser Auctioneers, industry sources say that the pub was sold for “in the region of the €375,000 that was sought for the premises” when it went to market.

It was also confirmed that the new owner is Barry Healy, who has been involved in the drinks industry for the past 25 years. He lives in Pallaskenry with his wife and family.

It is understood that he hopes to open the premises, which has been closed for some months, before Christmas. It will continue trading as a public house.

Willie Sexton, a native of Listowel who lives on the Ennis Road in the city, is an uncle of Irish rugby star Johnny Sexton and won three caps for Ireland.