Publican criticises village in ad after he calls time on his pub
A BUSINESSMAN has hit out at villagers after his pub venture failed, writes Greg Harkin.
William Flood had been leasing a bar in the Co Donegal village of Rathmullan. When it failed to turn a profit and closed, he took out an ad in his local newspaper thanking customers for not drinking in his pub 'Big Paddys.' The bar had re-opened just 18 months ago.
Shocked staff at the 'Tirconaill Tribune' newspaper initially refused to take an advert, thinking it was an April Fool.
It read: "Big Paddy's Bar has closed its doors. I would like to take this time and personally thank the people of Rathmullan for supporting me in this venture over the last 18 months NOT!! Thanks." Mr Flood could not be contacted for comment last night.