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Keane row fan's pub on sale for $920k

THE Ireland fan who rowed with Roy Keane at the team's hotel ran a Florida restaurant which is now up for sale for $920,000.

Frank Gillespie, who is married to comedian Brendan Grace's daughter, managed the restaurant with his father-in-law.

McCarthy's bar, which was later renamed the Mad Hatter's Bar and Restaurant, was owned by Bogland Taverns Inc, of which Mr Gillespie and Mr Grace are listed as the directors.

In 2012, Bogland was issued with a lien (a charge) on their property rights for an unpaid tax bill of $3,876.70.

The company was also issued with a penalty of $330 and a warrant for the "collection of delinquent Corporate Income Tax" later that year.

Meanwhile, the Herald can reveal that two of Mr Gillespie's firms in Boston - where he ran popular Irish pubs The Blackthorn and The Baggott Inn - are also dissolved.

Mr Gillespie is now working as an estate agent in the US after a number of his business ventures closed down. He is currently a director of Woodrite Construction Inc, in Massachusetts.

His son Trevor, for whom Mr Gillespie allegedly asked Roy Keane (inset) to sign a book, holds all the other roles in the company.

bragged

The Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller told the Herald that Bogland still own the restaurant in Tequesta, Florida.

Musicians Finbarr Furey and Francie Conway played at McCarthy's in 2007 and Mr Gillespie had bragged about those who played in his pubs.

McCarthy's was later renamed Mad Hatter's Pub and Restaurant in 2010, but it was issued with a foreclosure notice the following year.

Last night, the property was being advertised on Loopnet.com for $920,000.

Attempts to contact Mr Gillespie were unsuccessful and Mr Grace did not reply to a request for comment

Two of Mr Gillespie's Boston firms have also closed down in recent years.

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