Sunday 19 January 2020

Here's to 25 years: Paidi celebrates another milestone

IT'S had presidents and movie stars through its door.

And yesterday Paidi O Se celebrated the 25th anniversary of his famous pub at Ard an Bothair in Ventry, Co Kerry.

Joined by his wife Maire and daughters Suin and Neasa, along with hundreds of fans and patrons, he cracked open champagne to celebrate the momentous occasion.

The pub was officially opened by former Taoiseach Charles Haughey with Paidi's late mother Beatrice, in 1985, the same year Paidi captained Kerry to All-Ireland victory against Dublin.

A quarter of a century on, the pub has become something of a haven for GAA enthusiasts, as well as tourists who are looking for the 'true' Irish experience.

"I was there when Tom Cruise called," said sports columnist Billy Keane.

"Paidi told the movie star he'd make a knacky corner forward but the ball would have to be kicked in low to him. Tom nodded as if he understood every word," he said.

Situated on the Slea Head Drive, a few miles' drive west of Dingle and in close proximity to Ventry Beach, the pub is on the tourist trail for most people visiting the south.

The former GAA star also decided to expand the business this year by hosting weddings in the pub.

Irish Independent

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