Legendary O’Donoghue’s Racked Up Large Debt

OdonoghuesThe iconic Dublin bar, O’Donoghue’s, accumulated serious debt which hit €1.8 million last June.

Longford man Dessie Hynes was once the proprietor of the famous watering hole which seen great acts such as the Dubliners perform. Legendary stars such as Christy Moore, The Fureys, Seamus Ennis and Joe Heaney have played there. The boss, Bruce Springsteen was once spotted when he went in for a visit.

The Merrion Row bar is much loved by locals and tourists alike as it is steeped in history, atmosphere and tradition.

Due to corporation tax and and creditors the pub ran at a loss last year.

Dessie ran the pub from 1977, taking over from Paddy and Maureen O’Donoghue who made it famous for the trad sessions. Dessie carried on this tradition during his time here and those who remember his stint have very fond memories.

Dessie was the boss man for over ten years until the current proprietor’s Oliver and John Mahon took over in 1988. Musical history is still made in the place as the pub hosted a day-long session in tribute to the late Barney McKenna of The Dubliners before his funeral last April.

We hope this doesn’t mean trouble for O’Donoghue’s it would be sad to see such an iconic spot run into serious difficulty or even close. Have you any fond memories of being in the bar?

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