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Famous shebeen welcomes first celebrity guest

Barry Duggan

Published 12/11/2010 | 05:00

Bernard Dunne (left), in Francis Kelly's shebeen, Southill, Limerick, with local resident Tom Sheedy
Bernard Dunne (left), in Francis Kelly's shebeen, Southill, Limerick, with local resident Tom Sheedy

THE country's most famous shebeen has had an impromptu visit from its first celebrity.

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A year after the controversial pub, in Southill, Limerick, was closed by court order, Irish boxing legend Bernard Dunne stopped off at the reopened premises to sample the atmosphere.

Dunne arrived unexpectedly on Saturday night after watching the EBU super bantamweight title in the city and was given a rapturous welcome by drinkers.

The shebeen in Lilac Court has been raided by gardai numerous times but still continues to defy the authorities.

More than 30 people gathered in the premises at the back of Francis Kelly's home to watch local boxer Willie 'Big Bang' Casey be crowned European champion at the UL arena.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Dunne said: "It was a grand place. They were Limerick people, celebrating a great victory of one of their own sons. I just wanted to show my face and see what it was like."

He posed for photos with delighted fans before leaving again shortly afterwards.

Irish Independent

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