Pubs and clubs 'left in the dark' on the busiest night of the year

Marisa Reidy

PUBS in Abbeyfeale suffered an early and abrupt end to their St Stephen's night festivities when severe weather caused a blackout in some parts of town.

Pubs in The Square, Bridget Street and New Street bore the brunt of the power outage at 10.20pm, during what is traditionally one of the biggest nights in the town.

With no lights, fridges or coolers in operation, party-goers opted to continue their celebrations in other bars up town, which had not been affected by the power cut.

Publican Jack O'Rourke who runs his popular bar in the square said that once the power went out, everyone simply moved on.

"It affected the bars from Leen's Hotel down, towards Tralee, so when the power went at 10.20pm people just left," he said.

"As expected, it had been one of the busiest night's of the year, but there wasn't a whole pile we could do about it."

Meanwhile, Ruby's nightclub in nearby Feale's Bridge was also affected by the power outage on one of its busiest nights of the year, with management taking to Facebook the following day to explain the situation to customers - and then entice them back the following night with free entry and drinks promotions.

A notice on Ruby's nightclub's page on Friday read:

"Ruby's Niteclub would firstly like to apologise for the power cut last night due to bad weather, but let us make it up to you tonight".


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