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Monday 27 March 2017

Regulars 'raging' as popular pub to call last orders for final time

Nealon's Bar
Nealon's Bar
Paul Daly and Eilis Kennedy at Jack Nealon’s bar

Dubliners from an iconic inner city pub said they have been left "devastated" by the news that it's set to close next month.

The North American vulture fund owner of Jack Nealon's has decided to close the institution, leading to nine staff members losing their jobs.

The investment firm will not be operating the building as a pub, leading to regulars feeling shock and disappointment.

John O'Donoghue (37), from Dublin 12, has been going to the pub for years. He was there yesterday to watch the Wales v Ireland rugby match, but also to "cheer up the staff".

"I'm shocked. I only heard about it on Tuesday and I thought it was a joke at first. Then I realised the staff were being let go," he said.

Paul Daly (52) and Eilis Kennedy (57) were born in Dublin but live in London and they returned on Wednesday to discover Jack Nealon's would close.

"We came in for coffee and heard it was closing. It's absolutely horrendous, just shocking," said Mr Daly.

Jack Nealon's will shut on April 17, leaving its diverse customer base to find somewhere else to go.

Dreadful

Brian Kavanagh (53), from Skerries, has been to the pub many times.

"I would always come in to Nealon's. I'm raging. I think it will have a dreadful effect on the area because if you don't have a good, proper pub, I don't know what's going to happen. If you don't have a proper publican, you're banjaxed," he said.

The property was sold to a private US firm as part of a portfolio of loans in 2016.

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