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Tuesday 21 August 2018

'End of an era' for city rugby fans as Kiely's owners sell up after 30 years

Kielys of Donnybrook
Kielys of Donnybrook

One of Dublin's most iconic pubs is on the market, with its owners deciding to sell up after 30 years at the helm.

Punters of Kiely's of Donnybrook shared their sadness at the decision but wished publicans Pat and Mary well in their retirement.

The Dublin 4 bar regularly featured as the go-to hub for rugby fans in the Ross O'Carroll-Kelly book series.

The couple said they are retiring to give "our four wonderful children a shot at living their lives".

"It took a lot of soul searching to make this decision, as we have had 30 wonderful years in Donnybrook and made life-long friends not just in Ireland but across the world," they said.

"We want to thank everyone for your support in that time, especially our hard working staff."

For those already grieving at losing their "second home" or their "chicken wings after Sunday night racing" all is not lost.

"It's not goodbye yet as we expect to be around for several months yet, so drop in for a chat," the publicans added.

Kiely's gained a reputation as a favourite of Irish rugby fans supporting either the blue of Leinster or the Boys in Green.

Character

It is located a short distance from Leinster's playing grounds and was also a spot of choice for infamous fictional patron Ross O'Carroll-Kelly.

The character took to Twitter last night to say he was "devastated" at the news.

"Such wonderful hosts. Borred me many times over the years, but always let me back in. It really is the end of an era," he wrote.

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