Pubs around the country are closed at present due to the Covid-19 pandemic – but one of them has announced that it will not reopen at all.
Brendan and Martina Lynch, who run Napper Tandy’s in Stradbally, confirmed the news on their Facebook page last night.
As the pub has a kitchen, it had been the only establishment to open in the Laois town when restrictions imposed that food must be supplied in order for a pub to operate.
But like every other sector of the hospitality industry, the pub was forced to shut from Christmas Eve and it is likely that it will be Easter before any of them will reopen.
However, Brendan Lynch confirmed last night that his 13 year stint in Napper Tandy’s is now over.
He said: “Hi folks, it’s with a heavy heart I write this post, after 13 years trading in Nappers this journey has come to an end.
“It surely has been a rollercoaster ride with some ups and downs.
“We feel we have brought some life to The Little Town over the years, with some great bands and entertainment over the years with the likes of Aslan, Finbarr Furey, Hells Bells, The Kilkennys, Na Fianna, our most favourite son Colm Cahill, not forgetting two brilliant local bands who packed the place at every live gig, the brilliant Transmitter & The Dooley Brothers.
“Also Jim Phelan and The ShamRogues who travelled all the way from The States to entertain us for The Steam Rally.
“We would like to thank all the fantastic musicians who entertained us over the years, who I feel have been forgotten big time during this pandemic.
“Some fantastic darts exhibition’s over the years, the likes of World Champion Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis.
“Legends Night with Ronnie Whelan and David May. I’d also like to thank all my hard working staff over the years for all their hard work, god knows I’m not the easiest to deal with. I’d like to thank my wonderful family for their continued support over the years.
“I would also like to thank all the line cleaners from various drinks companies. All our suppliers especially Paddy Tully and Fred in 4 Aces.
“I would also to thank Stradbally Town AFC to whom we were privileged to be their main sponsors for the past 13 years, some great nights over the years.
“I would also like to thank Stradbally GAA for their support over the years, and especially for allowing us to cater and host the County Champions in 2016 which has to go down as our greatest night here over the 13 years.
“I would also like the thank our Darts and Pool teams over the years, who brought us great pride throughout the years, and it’s great to finish off as the Laois Darts ‘A’ League Champions which was always a dream.
“Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank all our wonderful customers and friends both past and present for their support over the years, without you this journey would not have been possible.
“I would like to wish the best of luck to all publicans in the town and thank them for their help over the years.
“Finally folks please look out for each other during these hard times. Take care.”