Thursday 18 July 2019

Pub for sale at heart of busy commuter town

The pub interior at the Arch Bar, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath
The pub interior at the Arch Bar, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath
Donal Buckley

Donal Buckley

After 130 years in the ownership of the O'Brien family, the current owner Michael is selling The Arch Bar, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath. His great grand uncle, also Michael, started the pub back in the 1880s. Now with Michael retiring, agents Sherry FitzGerald Royal in Trim are guiding a price of €875,000 for the property.

Located in the middle of the busy commuter town, the pub's footprint takes in the complete island-like site which is bounded on all three sides by streets from which there are several entrances.

The Arch plays a central role in the community as many local sports and cultural groups host their events there.

The entire property, including its residential accommodation, extends to 464 sq. m (4,988 sq.ft.) and this is supplemented by a beer garden where there are frequent barbecues.

Estate agent Aidan Heffernan says its turnover is mainly from the wet trade as it does not serve food. Indeed, the pub generates one of the highest Guinness sales in the county.

Two first-floor function rooms of 66 and 51.5 sq m can accommodate parties with outside caterers, as can the beer garden.

Its 46 sq m public bar is designed in an 'Old World' style as is its 16 sq m tap room - a slightly larger version of a snug. Its double lounge extends to 74 sq m.

With plenty of parking nearby, the premises is a meeting place for many local clubs and organisations including GAA, athletic club, Meath Ladies Football team, the pub's golf society and local drama society.

Mr Heffernan says it is available in turnkey condition and also offers ample space for expansion.

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