Friday 24 November 2017

Drink Up: pub goers stunned as bull rampages through Kingscourt bar

Amy Willis

PUNTERS having a quiet drink at their local were left dumbstruck when a bull came crashing into the bar.

The animal trashed a pool table, broke furniture and butted holes in the walls Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick

The rampaging farm animal sent bar stools flying, wrecked a pool table and butted holes into the walls after it escaped from a nearby cattle auction.

As a final assault on the bar, the beast then urinated on the floor of the Porter House Tavern, in Kingscourt, Co Cavan.

The incident happened at the Porter House Tavern in Kingscourt, Co, Cavan, Ireland.

The unexpected visitor is thought to have spotted the open door at the rear of the pub and made a dash for freedom from the farmers market across the road.

A smoker was forced to flee during the incident after the bull barged him out the way and several drinkers were also charged, but nobody was hurt.

Landlord Cyril Rafferty, 30, was behind the bar when the bull barged through the door.

“He just burst through the back door and made a dash for the bar,” Mr Rafferty told the Irish Daily Mirror.

"Everyone is laughing about it now – but it wasn't funny at the time.

“It’ll take a while before we live this one down and we’ve been getting all the bull-in-the-china-shop and Red Bull jokes.”

He added: "This is one customer who is definitely barred, but I wouldn’t fancy trying to stop him from coming in again.”

This is not the first bull that has run riot through a public place in Ireland.

In 2009 a young bullock charged down the aisles of a supermarket in Balllingrobe, Co Mayo after escaping from a mart a few hundred yards from the store entrance.

The Super-Valu shop was full of customers at the time but nobody was hurt.

The beast was eventually recaptured by its owner.

The Porter House Tavern bull was eventually caught and is believed to have been sent back to the cattle market.

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