IT may have cost a few dozen hangovers but Tir na Nog’s chandelier made from Jameson whiskey bottles was worth the sacrifice.
The light fitting, made up of 16 of the famous green bottles, is a miniature of the one that forms the centre piece to the famous Jameson Distillery on Dublin’s Bow Street.
The impressive creation is the perfect addition to the quaint pub located on the site of the former gatehouse to Ballymacool House and estate.
Opened since 2005 and now under the ownership of businessman Brian Brogan, Tir Na Nog has just undergone a major refurbishment.
The result is a superbly restored interior, complete with reconditioned brickwork which, along with the coal fire stove, creates the perfect cosy atmosphere for the chilly winter nights.
The equally distinctive Jameson chandelier – which like the wine rack is down to the precision work of Bonner Engineering – offers yet another unique characteristic addition to the premises and throws light on the stunning artwork done by Frances Mullan who is now working with the team at Game of Thrones.
The refurbishment work has also involved the provision of new tables and chairs while the toilets have also undergone a transformation with disabled patrons now fully catered for.
For sports fans, new plasma screens provide all the action while there has also been work carried out in the upstairs area of the pub which had been out of use in recent times.
The original Tir na Nog was built to complement the old gatehouse building – the entire premises, complete with beer garden, continues to provide a reminder of that once vaunted Letterkenny landmark.
“When we opened it, it was a huge source of pride to us given that we made sure the façade was in keeping with what had gone before,” says Brian Brogan.
“We also got it open in time for the first All-Ireland Fleadh to take place in Letterkenny.
“We are delighted to have reinvented the place and it will continue to meet the needs of our loyal customers while also welcoming new ones. In those 12 years since we opened Tir na Nog, it has become embedded into the local community and we also have customers from well outside the catchment area.”
The pub has, in addition, become something of a Mecca for fans who frequent O’Donnell Park across the road while followers of the Donegal International Car Rally have also come to regard it as a pit stop.
To mark the refurbishment – which involved a week long closure to allow the builders to work their magic – there has been a weekend of music and celebration and things continue in that vein this evening.
Tir na Nog, where the craic never grows old.