End of an era as Abbey Inn closes after 51 years

Fergus Dennehy

It truly was the end of an era in Tralee at the weekend as the famous Abbey Inn bar poured its final drink and closed its doors for the last time, bringing to a close the story of one of one of Tralee's most iconic bars.

51-years after its opening in 1968, it all came to an end on Saturday night/Sunday morning as many of the bar's regulars - old and new - celebrated one last night in the iconic venue which helped to create so many memories in the lives of Tralee locals over the last half century.

Speaking to The Kerryman, Danny Leane Sr - now 78 years old - said that it was emotional these last few days closing up, but that it was heartening to see all those who came out to see the bar off.

"The amount of people that turned up and wished us well, it was unbelievable," he said on Tuesday.

"It's unbelievable the people that we've met over the years. U2 and others, there's been so many fabulous people. I've enjoyed every minute of it. Everything comes to eventually. We'll always have the memories to look back on in years to come," he said. 

As to why he and the rest of the family decided that now was the right time to close, Danny cited a decline in trade  and a change in the culture around socialising as some of the main reasons but also said that it felt the right time to go. 

The building was sold during the week and Danny said that he and the family are not able to reveal who has purchased the bar or what the new owners have planned for the building.

It is understood the businesses of HQ Tralee located in the same building will not be affected.