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Ó’Flaherty’s Bar in Buncrana had offered a delivery service. Photo: North West Newspix

Ó’Flaherty’s Bar in Buncrana had offered a delivery service. Photo: North West Newspix

Ó’Flaherty’s Bar in Buncrana had offered a delivery service. Photo: North West Newspix

A Donegal bar has been forced to close its delivery service after it was visited by gardaí.

O'Flaherty's Bar, in Buncrana, had been serving pints of Guinness to its many regular customers in recent weeks.

The pints of plain were being delivered by car and even by bicycle on some occasions.

However, the long arm of the law has put a stop to the flow of pints.

A spokesperson for the bar said they have now been forced to stop their delivery service after they were visited by gardaí on Saturday night.

"Sorry folks, unfortunately tonight we were forced to stop the Guinness Express," they said.

"We were swarmed by one undercover garda, two patrol cars, one sergeant and one uniformed garda."

The pub also claimed 20 pints of Guinness were confiscated. The spokesperson added that they have been in discussions with local gardaí over the legality of operating a delivery service.

However, O'Flaherty's said gardaí have been unable to tell them which law they were breaking.

The bar encouraged people to leave comments on its Facebook page, with the author of the funniest comment receiving 20 free pints when the pub reopens.

The bar has already received more than 500 comments since revealing it was raided by gardaí.

Gardaí in Buncrana yesterday confirmed that an operation took place on Saturday night and alcohol was seized.

Superintendent Eugene McGovern said the operation took place following complaints from the public.

"We can confirm that an operation was put in place as a result of public complaints.

"Alcohol was seized and a file on the matter will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions," he said.

Irish Independent