The Dáil Bar opens in Killorglin
Published 16/08/2014 | 00:00
It opened just in time for Puck Fair and Killorglin's newest bar is certainly creating quite a bit of interest in local political circles.
The Dáil Bar is located in the former Sheila O'Neill's premises on Upper Bridge Street and the new proprietor is Cllr Michael Cahill who certainly won't ban any talk of politics inside.
Indeed, the independent councillor welcomes debate on matters political and he has a number of images from local and national politics displayed on the walls which will certainly help spark a conversation or two.
"They're from all parties and everyone is welcome no matter what political shade they are," the former Fianna Fáil man said.
Cllr Cahill also owns the Ross Inn at his native Rossbeigh but says he always wanted a bar "inside in town", particularly one with a beer garden.
"Rossbeigh is very seasonal but in Killorglin there's trade all year round and plenty to go around, so I went in search of a premises.
"I want to thank the O'Neill family for being so helpful - it'll be a challenge but it will also create a few jobs as well," he said.
As for the name, he says it was a moment of inspiration and Cllr Cahill has already welcomed TDs, senators and some of his fellow councillors through the doors during Puck Fair.
"When I got the pub the first thing I did was to think of a name and it came to me in seconds.
"I've been involved in politics all my life and I thought that it would generate a lot of interest and debate. People have been outside getting their picture taken under the sign so that can't be bad," he added.
So does it mean he now has his sights set on Leinster House?
"It has intensified speculation that I would run for the Dáil but I haven't made my mind up yet - a week is an awful long time in politics," Cllr Cahill added with a smile.