Monday 23 September 2019

Pub where Ronnie Wood was 'stopped singing' sells for €1.14m

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Donal Buckley

Donal Buckley

A PUB in Naas town, Co Kildare, was bought at auction for €1.14m.

Purchasers Camilla Grey and Vincent O'Leary, who also own a Lemongrass fusion style restaurant in the town and another in CityWest, plan to continue the pub business.

Joint agents Jordan Town & Country and John P Younge had set a €600,000 guide for the pub known, as Thomas Fletcher, Commercial House, on North Main Street. About 120 people attended the auction which was conducted by Paddy Jordan, who opened the bidding at €600,000. Four bidders chased it up initially with bids of €50,000 up to €900,000, and then the bids increased but at smaller amounts.

The pub's owner Tommy Fletcher, whose family has owned the pub since 1931, has decided to retire. Oozing character, the backdrop in the bar and lounge features original whiskey and sherry casks together with tea caddies and spice drawers dating from when the family also operated a grocery. Running a tight ship, it is said that once he stopped Ronnie Wood from starting a sing-song in the pub not knowing that Wood was the famous Rolling Stone guitarist.

Extending to 4,900 sq ft, its ground floor includes a public bar, lounge and snug together with stores, garage and a lofted area with potential for expansion.

Upstairs, the main premises also has potential for residential, office or restaurant uses. A store to the rear has independent access via an archway from the main street while a small garden at the back could be converted to a beer garden. Alan Redmond acted for the purchasers. Mr Jordan described it as one of the most iconic pubs in Leinster.

Several parties had requested to view copies of the sales contracts.

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