Seamus and Vera Brady relax in their beautiful new outdoor area at Seamus Brady's Bar in Ballinagh. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

Pub talk from around the county

With pubs permitted to serve customers outdoors from the Bank Holiday Monday, June 7, reporter Gemma Good rang around to see who's opening and who's not. Here are a selection of Cavan publicans' responses...

“I will open but I don’t know when... We have a long road ahead and houses are very comfortable.”

- Andy Cronin, Cronins Bar & Lounge, Ballinagh

“The reason the pubs are closed is because the government doesn’t trust the people to have manners.”

- Brendan Fay, The Widows Bar, Belturbet

“Missing all of June indoor is a huge blow. I mean why can hotels open and we can’t?”

- Fergus Murphy, Cavan Vintners Chair, and Murph's Gastro Pub, Butlersbridge

"At the moment I am opening... We're looking forward to it, it will be a bit of a challenge but we've been closed for a long time."

- Michael Mooney, Slieve Rossa, Cavan

"I'm definitely looking forward to Bank Holiday Monday... It will be determined a lot by the weather, we're not in Spain or Portugal unfortunately."

- Gerry Brady, The Orchard Bar, Cavan.

"I hope to be open Monday yes, I have an outdoor area."

- Frances Traynor, F.W. Traynor, Shercock

"Yes we're reopening, we're going to try... We only got two weeks trading since March 2020."

- Ciaran Mullen, Mullen's Pub Cootehill

"I'm not re-opening no... I don't think we have the climate in Ireland for outdoor dining."

- Jimmy Murray, The Riverfront, Virginia

"Yes I'm opening, I feel hopeful and optimistic.. Hopefully we won't close again, that's the main fear."

- Pat Bannon, The Royal Bar, Ballyjamesduff

"Yeah please God I'll be open.. It's good to get back open, five months is a long time."

- Declan Sheridan, The Meadow View Inn, Cavan.


Publicans race to get ready