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Wednesday 17 September 2014

British pub chain JD Wetherspoon expands in Dublin

Published 28/08/2014 | 02:30

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Weatherspoon owns the Three Tun Tavern in Blackrock

British chain pub operator JD Wetherspoon has purchased the Old Boro pub in Swords - its third pub in Dublin.

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The company has confirmed the purchase as part of its rapid expansion in the country.

Last month, the company opened its first pub in the capital with the Three Tun Tavern in Blackrock, on the site of the former Tonic pub.

At the same time as the opening of the Three Tun Tavern, it confirmed that it had purchased the extensive Forty Foot premises in Dun Laoghaire.

Those purchases were made for a reported €1.5m each.

Now Wetherspoon has its first Dublin pub north of the River Liffey as it confirmed the purchase of the Old Boro.

The redevelopment of the pub is in its very early stages, but it is understood that the project will create around 40 jobs for the local area.

"Wetherspoon is delighted to have completed the purchase, this week, of The Old Boro, in Main Street, Swords," a spokesman said.

He said the pub would be similar in style to the one in Blackrock.

The chain pub, which has also bought one premises in Cork, has controversially decided not to stock Guinness.

Irish Independent

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