'Head v heart decision' for plucky bidder who retained family pub
Patrick Jordan freely admits he allowed his heart to rule his head when he bought a pub linked to his family for over half a century.
"It has been in the family since 1955 - but I left the business years ago and went off and did other things. Buying it back was indeed a heart versus head decision; it once belonged to my father," said Mr Jordan (pictured left).
The pub is in Ballina, Co Mayo, but despite some tough times for the rural licensed trade in recent years, he was determined the family tradition should remain.
"I don't know what I'm going to do with it next - but there is just too much history there to let it go. I was reared over the premises.
"The size of it, 11,000 sq ft, compared to what it was sold for, indicates where property is at in the west of Ireland. Things can be difficult."
With a guide price of €190,000 to €210,000, he parted ways with €200,000 in order to hold on to some precious memories.
"I don't know whether to feel happy or sad. The pub needs investment, so it's not just buying it, it's what I have to do with it afterwards.
"My heart said one thing and my head said another - but I just couldn't let it go."