Publican Stuart Carolan and his father Patrick at The Morning Star pub in Tullyallen which is one of the oldest pubs in County Louth. Stuart said the reopening of the pub has allowed some customers to catch up for the first time since the pubs closed in March.
The re-opening of one of the oldest pubs in county Louth allowed some customers to catch up for the first time since the pubs closed in March.
That’s according to publican Stuart Carolan of ‘The Morning Star’ pub in Tullyallen, which can be dated back to 1850, and opened its doors again on Monday.
Mr Carolan, who has the pub with his dad Patrick, said they spent €40,000 buying new furniture, putting up pods, protective screens and other measures to ensure they meet the Covid-19 guidelines.
After reopening on Monday after six months, he said, “the customers were so happy to be back, some of them hadn’t seen each other since the pub closed on the 14th March.”
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“Many of them are farmers and elderly folk who were cocooning and have not been out much in the past 6 months.”
“They all were very complimentary on how well the place looked and the extra measures put in place to ensure health and safety.”
It was Patrick’s dream to own the pub and, with his son, that became a reality in 2015.
They decided not to take advantage of the take away beside them in terms of opening earlier and instead waited until the go ahead was given for wet pubs.
Customers will be met at the door by staff who will take their temperature, sign them in and take contact details, then allocate them a table to sit at. There is no bar service.
Stuart says they will police customers to make sure they are complying and when it came the toilets he said, “I have put locks on the main doors of all toilets and I have a sign up saying only one person at a time so when you go into the toilet, you have to lock yourself in.”
Mr Carolan said, “it was lovely to see the customers again and it was great to see a bit of life back in the place.”
“It was a lonely place to be over the last six months. Pubs are like schools, you expect them to be full of noise and chatter, so they can be very eerie places when they are empty and silent.”
“Myself and Dad are now just hoping we can keep the place open but with cases in Louth increasing daily, there’s a good chance we might have to close again.”
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