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Famed sinking pub gets a lift with new owner

Published 19/12/2010 | 05:00

Herald reporter Carolin e Crawford at Roches pub, Donadea,
Herald reporter Carolin e Crawford at Roches pub, Donadea,

Kildare's famous sinking pub, which has punters feeling tipsy after a bottle of Fanta, has been sold.

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The iconic pub Roches of Derry has lopsided floors and a fiendishly tilting bar .

In fact, there is hardly a level surface in the entire pub. It means even non-drinkers feel slightly woozy as they make their way back to their table.

The pub dates back to the late 1800s and was built close to Derryvarogue bog at Donadea.

It means the pub has been gradually sinking for more than a century -- an Irish version of Pisa's Leaning Tower.

The new owner is Eugene Fitzgerald, best known as a manager at The Roost Bar in Maynooth, along with a business partner.

The guide price for the pub, which was sold within a couple of weeks of going on the market, was €250,000.

The pub continues to attract locals, US and European tourists, and visitors to nearby Donadea Forest Park.

The entire American Ryder Cup team enjoyed pints at the pub in the run-up to tournament at the K Club in 2006.

It is also the venue for the renowned annual mid-summer turf-cutters ball each June.

Sunday Independent

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