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Saturday 30 August 2014

Last orders for pub made famous in 'Killinaskully'

Cormac Murphy and Martin Ryan

Published 14/01/2014 | 02:30

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Martina Moloney and her sister, Maria Moloney filling the last drinks for customers, at the closing of 'Jacksie's' of Killinaskully fame at Ballinahinch, Co Tipperary. Inset, a scene from the hit TV show
Martina Moloney and her sister, Maria Moloney filling the last drinks for customers, at the closing of 'Jacksie's' of Killinaskully fame at Ballinahinch, Co Tipperary.
Martina Moloney and her sister, Maria Moloney filling the last drinks for customers, at the closing of 'Jacksie's' of Killinaskully fame at Ballinahinch, Co Tipperary.
''Killinaskully' TV series characters, 'Jimmy' (Jack Walsh), 'Willie Power' (Pat Shortt), and 'Timmy' (Joe Rooney) in 'Jacksie's' pub in a popular scene from the filming of the TV series at Ballinahinch, Co Tipperary.

A PUB made famous by comedian Pat Shortt's 'Killinaskully' TV series has shut its doors.

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An Bonnan Bui in the Tipperary village of Ballinahinch closed last Saturday as the former tenants pulled their last pints.

The pub -- better known as Jacksie's in the once-popular show -- is up for sale with a guide price of €165,000.

"There is interest in it at the moment," said James Lee of estate agent REA John Lee, based in Tipperary's Newport.

The owners of the bar had let it out to tenants, who had been running it for a number of years.

Viewers of RTE's 'Killinaskully', which ran for six seasons, will be familiar with the exterior of An Bonnan Bui, which was owned in the series by grumpy pub landlord Jacksie Walsh.

However, the interior shots were filmed in another pub, Ryans in the nearby village of Killoscully.

For the farewell night last Saturday, hundreds crammed into every corner of the cosy An Bonnan Bui to enjoy a last round. Publican Martina Moloney, who ran the bar on a lease arrangement over the past six years, had to supplement the regular staff to cater for the huge turnout for the last round of drinks.

"There were some very successful years, but the business has dropped off over the past 18 months or so -- people just haven't got the money. But the locals have been very loyal customers to us," said Ms Moloney.

In recent months, opening had been reduced to part-time. Ballinahinch was the setting for the 'Killinaskully', TV series, which attracted audiences of up to 800,000 an episode.

As the final round of drinks was served, there was a mixture of memories and sadness that 'Jacksie's' is now closed.

"I expect that a deal will be closed within the next couple of weeks and that business will be resumed there before too long," Mr Lee said.

Irish Independent

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