Monday 24 July 2017

'We'll all have to find new jobs now' - Locals amazed at closure of 'superpub'

Clancy's Bar and Restaurant
Clancy's Bar and Restaurant
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A 'superpub' in Cork has closed its door leaving 35 employees jobless and customers without a venue.

One of Cork's oldest pubs, Clancy's Bar and Restaurant, Princes Street, Co Cork has closed it's doors after almost 200 years in business.

Restaurant chef Siobhan, who has worked in Clancy's for 27 years, told The Neil Prendeville Show on Cork's RedFm that she was "amazed" at the closure.

"We got a text this morning at about 3am saying it wasn't going to be open for business anymore. It was closed, our wages had been paid and not to show up for work today.

"They apologised but said due to circumstances that was it."

Siobhan said there was "no indication" that the pub was going to close.

"There was no indiciation. We had a busy Christmas and we had bookings all the time so I don't know what happened. It's amazing.

"It's game over. We'll just have to try and get other jobs. There's waiters, chefs, management. We'll all have to find jobs now."

She said she thought the text was "a joke" and sent messages to other members of staff to see if there was a mistake.

"I thought it was a wind-up. I text a couple of staff and they said they got the same. It was a big shock and crazy.

"I don't know what people are going to do. It's very difficult."

Another woman, called Christina, told Neil Prendeville that she had her 40th birthday booked at the venue next month and had paid her deposit.

"I'm trying to ring and email but there's nobody there to answer. It's five weeks before my birthday and I have to find a new venue."

Local Fianna Fail councillor Sean Martin said he was "surprised" and "shocked" when he heard news of the closure this morning.

"I was very surprised. It was a long-established pub in the community and I would never have thought it would close.

"I have no idea what happened but it's terrible for staff. Texting staff in the middle of the night not to come in the next morning is not good enough.

"I'm amazed it's closed."

Independent.ie were unable to contact Clancy's for a comment.

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