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Friday 20 October 2017

Thirty-five staff at famous pub 'got text at 3am saying their jobs were gone'

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Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

STAFF at one of Ireland’s oldest and best-known pub-restaurants thought a 3am text telling them it was ceasing operations with immediate effect was “only a wind-up”.

Thirty-five staff at Clancy’s, a city centre bar and restaurant in Cork, admitted they were shocked at the loss of their jobs and stunned by the manner in which they were informed.

Chef Siobhan Kennedy, who would have marked her 27th year with Clancy’s in April, said staff got texts at 3am yesterday informing them not to show up for work.

The text explained that “due to circumstances beyond control” the management was ceasing all operations with immediate effect. Staff were promised that wages would be paid.

However, workers were left in the dark about redundancy entitlements.

When workers gathered outside Clancy’s yesterday to see what was happening, they said they noticed that all alcohol products on the premises had been removed.

The pub and restaurant occupies a site where a licensed premises has operated since 1824.

“We got a text at 3.10am to say it wasn’t opening, it would stay closed and not to show up for work today,” Ms Kennedy said.

“I actually didn’t see the text until I got up at 6.30am to get the children ready for school,” she said. “I thought it was only a wind-up. We are all now having to start looking for new jobs.”

Staff worked on Sunday and had no inkling about the shutdown.

The pub was being operated over recent years by a holding company on a lease. A spokesperson could not be contacted for comment yesterday.

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