"Great Buzz" as popular Top of Coom bar reopens
REDISCOVERING old friends was the name of the game this weekend at the legendary Top of Coom bar as it reopened after two long years, still on its lofty perch as the highest pub in the country.
A veritable Phoenix from the ashes, the Top of the Coom was thronged with well-wishers on Friday night for what turned into one of the biggest community events in the area in some time.
"We were packed out to the door, it was fantastic. There was a great buzz all weekend. Everyone was just so happy to see the place open and to see each other again. Our customers come from Cork and Kerry so a lot of them hadn't seen each other since the pub burned down two years ago," owner Eileen Creedon said.
For Eileen and Tim Creedon the most important thing was to finally be back home.
Legendary Kerry commentator Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh officiated at the opening, ultimately lifting the lid on an evening of revelry, music and sizzling food.
"Even Saturday night was very busy we had music on, and on Sunday we had three sessions with local performers. There was a great crowd there all weekend, it couldn't have gone better," Eileen said.
Another highlight of the opening was the arrival of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta on Friday afternoon for a special live broadcast of the An Saol ó Dheas programme from the Top of Coom.
In keeping with the homely feel, Eileen and Tim felt it was important that the pub was manned completely by family members for the weekend.
The brand new bar was designed to look the same as old Top of Coom with the bar, lounge and pool room. However, one big bonus of the rebuilding process has been the addition of an upstairs function room which will allow the venue to cater for parties, events and meetings.
Eileen, Tim and the Creedon family are now looking ahead to a busy summer and welcoming back all of their old friends and customers: "We have a lot of different events planned, a lot of parties and functions have already been booked and we have a lot of music planned.
This weekend should prove a busy time in particular with the May Bank holiday and the annual Rally of the Lakes passing the restored institution.