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Top of Coom pub to rise from ashes


ALMOST two years after the landmark Top of Coom bar was destroyed in a devastating fire, it is set to rise from the ashes as owners Tim and Eileen Creedon prepare to open the doors to a new building and a new era.

Tim and Eileen watched on as their family home was also razed on that tragic Monday night, May 21, 2012.

Thankfully, no one was injured by the blaze which broke out at around 9.15pm when several patrons were on the premises.

Officially Ireland's highest pub at 1,045ft above sea level, it had been famed for its traditional music sessions, the Irish language, sheep shearing and the proud tradition of supporting GAA either side of the county bounds.

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Now those traditions are set to continue as Tim and Eileen prepare to reopen on Friday, April 25.

With planning permission secured in December 2012, the Kerry-Cork couple had embarked on a rebuilding project which began in April 2013 and is bang on schedule.

"We've managed to keep it largely the same, that's something our regular customers will be glad to hear," Eileen said this week.

"Following the fire we were devastated but, with the help and support we received from family, friends, customers and the larger local community, we were able to get back on our feet and move forward.

"Of course, there were many items lost in the fire but we've started from scratch and are ready for a fresh start. I remember I used to give out about the old bar but there's pieces you'd love to have kept too," she added with a smile.

Equidistant from Kilgarvan and Ballyvourney, The Top of Coom has been part of the community for over a century and the current owners are the fifth generation of their family to run the pub. In 2009 it was voted best local in Ireland on Today FM's Alison Curtis show.

The hostelry's popularity is worldwide too and there have been hundreds of message of support as well as postcards from as far afield as the US. "We're still getting messages and old photographs are being emailed to us," Eileen continued.

"The support has been overwhelming. We want to welcome back everyone to our relaunch night and weekend and we have a special guest planned too, so don't miss it," Eileen continued.