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Thursday 28 August 2014

Brubakers back with fantastic refurbishment

Published 19/02/2014 | 05:20

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Donna Casey, Saltown and Ned Larrigan, Dublin Road.
Alan Mathews, Kingswood and Nigel Tynan, Armagh Road.
Caroline Tynan, Armagh Road and Doireann Mathews, Kingswood.

ON Friday night I headed for Brubakers where the official re-launch of the bar after some major renovations had taken place. The entire ground floor had been redesigned making it a more open spacious pub with a brand new stage and dancefloor and plenty more seating area.

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The place was packed by the time I got there and the first couple I met up with were Lisa Rafferty from Kilcurry and Carl Commins from Ardee and Lisa told me the place looked really classy and was major change from what it had been before.

Next I got talking to Brian Morgan and Lisa Bellew both from Blackrock who told me the place is beautiful, absolutely stunning and was a big improvement with so many seats available now.

After this I had the pleasure of talking to Aine O'Reilly and Tony Conyard both from Wicklow and Aine told me she had been in Bru's a couple of times before and this new venture was nothing short of a huge improvement.

I then headed over for a chat with Michael and Florence Burns from Knockbridge who agreed the place was really classy now and they had done an excellent job with the renovations.

Not too far away I then got talking to Shauna McArdle from Bellewsbridge and Anthony Kellegher from Inniskeen who both agreed the place looked really well and were sure it was going to do really well with the new format.

Seated at an adjacent table I then got a word with Aidan McGuinness from Dromiskin and Lindsey Corrigan from Castlebellingham who both agreed the place looked very modern and was really lovely.

After this I then got talking to Stacey O'Farrell from Waterville Crescent, Rachel Newell from Lisdoo and Sammy Quigley from Faughart who said they were very impressed with the new dancefloor and band area and assured me it was going to do really well.

Meanwhile over at one of the booths I then caught up with Barry Campbell, Sean McSorley, Michelle and Paul McKeever all from Newry and the lads told me they had been working on the renovations and were delighted with the way the place had turned out.

Next I got talking to Declan McGreevy, James Dinsmore and Teddy Fearon all from Newry who told me they were more than impressed with the changes and said they'd done a lovely job.

Meanwhile up near the bar I then got talking to Grainne and Trevor White from Oakland Park who told me they had made some great changes and the place really looked lovely.

After this I got talking to Pairic Browne and Marion Sheehy both from Saltown who were joined by Declan Grant from Anne Street and his girlfriend and part-time model Josie who told me the owners had done a lovely job and it certainly was a good improvement.

Heading for an adjacent table I then got talking to Kerry O'Hanlon and Seamus Loughran from Oaklawns who were with Sinead Connolly from Bay Estate and Conall Mullen from Lower Point Road who said that now that it was so open they'd be able to see everyone there, a good thing or a bad one, always hard to judge.

After this I headed over for a chat with Lisa Curran from Muirhevnamor who was with Gary McShane from Bellurgan who told me they really looked the open plan approach and wanted to wish the owners the best of luck, seeing that the drink prices had remained very reasonable. Gary did confide in me that Lisa was making the best of the night, but she was also missing her dog Benji.

Also up near the bar I met up with Lisa and Aidan Harnett from Bay Estate who told me they thought the renovations were just great and were definitely going to make the best of the night.

I then ventured up to the seated area towards the stage where I met up with Alan and Doireann Mathews from Kingswood who were with Nigel and Caroline Tynan from Coulter Place who told me they were extremely impressed with the transformation which had only take two weeks!

Next I got talking to Paudie Carr from Tallanstown and Leanne Woods from Dromiskin who told me the place just looked deadly.

Finally, before I departed I got talking to John Moloney from O'Hare's Mill and Ionela Catarig originally from Romania now hanging her hat in from O'Hare's Mill who were with Ciaran McIntyre from Beechmount Drive who told me they are regulars in Bru's on a Friday night and were very impressed with the transformation and it looked like the pub would be getting their custom for some time to come.

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