'Bog Hotel' hits big time as partnership plans unveiled
THE owner of an infamous 'Bog Hotel' now plans to expand his premises after a court acquitted him of running an unlicensed bar.
Patsy Brogan (72) yesterday announced his private bar, which is situated in the Bluestack Mountains about 15km from Donegal town, was "going big time".
Plans are also progressing for his marriage to his 29-year-old Polish partner, Daria Weiske, with Easter Monday being suggested as a tentative date.
Mr Brogan, who has always insisted that visitors to the fully kitted lounge bar are not charged for drinks, was acquitted at Donegal District Court earlier this week of two charges brought by Donegal Co Council under planning regulations.
Judge Kevin Kilrane ruled he had not been presented with sufficient evidence that the shed was anything more than a private bar at Mr Brogan's home. The delighted pensioner said yesterday that he now planned a refurbishment of the premises, complete with an open-air extension on the actual bog.
"We are going to be big-time now. We are going to be the real bog bar hotel. We are putting up signposts and I am going to do the bar up on the outside and the inside to be ready for the summer time for people coming here," he said. He added that his was the only bar where smoking was allowed because it was a private bar.
Mr Brogan also thanked the gardai, as senior members of the force made numerous visits to his premises during the licensing probe. "They have all been down and they can see that we are doing nothing wrong," he said.
Ms Weiske, who has previously denied any relationship with her boss, confirmed yesterday that a wedding in the near future was on the cards.
"I believe that it will happen at Easter. Maybe Easter Monday," she said.
She added she would love to have the wedding in Poland.
But Mr Brogan said it would probably be held in Donegal town where a local hotelier had agreed to host it "all free".
The hotel owner has even agreed to fly Daria's family in for the occasion.