The Sky and the Ground pub on South Main Street in Wexford has risen from the ashes to be named national Pub of the Year in the Irish Restaurant Awards, the Oscars of the hospitality industry.
Owners Johnny and Nuala Barron and their staff had a huge cause for celebration following the announcement at a glittering awards ceremony in the National Convention Centre in Dublin on Monday night.
The popular bar and music venue re-opened a year ago this month after a massive fire in neighbouring McDonald’s Bar caused extensive damage to the premises and forced the Barron family to flee from their home above the pub with just the clothes they were wearing.
Having already seen the business disrupted by Covid, the Sky and the Ground was forced to close while major renovations and improvements were carried out.
A year on from welcoming customers back following a difficult period in the life of the iconic hostelry, the owners and their staff are on cloud nine this week after Monday night’s win which makes the Sky and the Ground officially the best pub in Ireland.
The Leinster winner was up against stiff competition from shortlisted finalists including Charlie’s Bar in Enniskillen (Ulster), the Mutton Lane Inn (Munster), Lowry’s Bar, Clifden (Connaught) and The Old Stand, Dublin but triumphed to capture the All-Ireland title.
The Pub of the Year category of the competition was sponsored by Jameson.