Sunday 22 September 2019

Templar's Inn up for sale

Templar's Inn, the popular seafood bar and restaurant, has been put up for sale by private auction.

Located close to Hook Head Lighthouse it had been run by Sean and Elaine Byrne for the past four-and-a-half years, during which time it received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for consistently high reviews on the travel website.

Expressing their sadness at the decision to sell the property, Sean and Elaine said, 'Unfortunately due to Templars being put up for sale with vacant possession by the landlord earlier this month, we are closing down our business on September 22.

'We have had a great four-and-a-half years here and delighted to have seen Templar's develop into a great pub again. We would like to thank our customers for all their support and our wonderful staff who have done so well in their duties. We sincerely hope Templar's is sold and is not left empty too long.'

The premises reopened in 2015 following the granting of a license to propreitor Nancy Cullen who had previously run the pub before leasing it out in 2012. In June of that year the license was subsequently handed on to Mr Byrne.

On its listing on John P. Younge Auctioneers, with an asking price of €550,000, the bar is described as coming complete with 'an extensive inventory of furniture fittings and effects. The premises, which has an abundance of charm and character, are adjacent to the ancient Templar's Church and close to numerous beaches, The Hook Lighthouse and Visitor Centre, Loftus Hall as well as numerous local attractions. There is a thriving business enjoyed throughout the year but especially during late spring, summer and early autumn.

There is a very spacious private carpark to the side and rear, together with a paddock, providing considerable potential for additional business uses. Inventory of furniture and effects included in the sale, available on request from the selling agent.' The auctioneer stated that viewings for the property would not begin until August 15.

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