'Love/Hate pub' The Towers, closes for final time
AN iconic Dublin pub, which features in RTE's Love/Hate, has closed for good after being sold to Dublin City Council.
The Towers Pub in Ballymun closed its doors for the final time over the weekend, with 20 staff out of a job - one of whom had worked at the bar for 41 years.
The council refused to confirm the price it paid for the premises.
However, it was on the market for €1.2m in February.
Knockalena, the company that ran the pub, went into receivership around five years ago with a string of debts.
It is understood that the staff, who have been made redundant, were in negotiations with receiver RSM Farrell Grant Sparks for a number of weeks.
The Towers pub was one of the last remaining businesses open in the 50-year-old Ballymun Shopping Centre. Just 19 units now remain in operation at the centre.
In May this year, the council announced that it would take control of the centre after initial plans to redevelop it were shelved during the recession.
Since then it has been engaging with business owners with a view to emptying the building.
Local councillor Noeleen Reilly told the Herald that while staff were aware the pub would cease trading, they were unprepared for yesterday's closure.
Many of them turned up yesterday to collect their belongings after finding out over the phone or on Facebook.
"It's a huge loss to the area, everyone knows it. The last thing we need here is another vacant building," Ms Reilly said.
The receiver declined to comment on the sale.
The pub has witnessed some serious crimes.
In January 1998, local man Eamon O'Reilly was killed with a sawn-off shotgun during a row in the pub.
In October 2006, a failed assassination attempt on well-known drug dealer David 'French' Lynch took place at the pub. He was later killed elsewhere.
The local had also been serving as a set for scenes in RTE's Love/Hate and is due to appear in the upcoming season.