Crowds flock to Crown Bar of Wexford for its royal reopening

By AMY LEWIS

Published 08/12/2015 | 00:00

Kevin Doyle, Marie O'Rourke and Anthony Neville at the official opening of the new-look Crown Bar.
Kevin Doyle, Marie O'Rourke and Anthony Neville at the official opening of the new-look Crown Bar.

The Crown Bar has come a long way since it was opened as the Coach House Inn in 1841 but its recent relaunch proves that it still rings true to its roots.

Crowds gathered in the Monck Street bar for the official reopening ceremony including members of Wexford County Council, local business owners and customers both old and new. Speaking after the launch, owners Colm and Anthony Neville said that the they hope to retain the bar's traditions.

'It is our desire, together with our fine team here, ably steered by the management of Kim and Seamus Griffin to continue the long tradition of friendly and efficient hospitality that has always welcomed happy customers in off Monck Street,' they said in a statement.

Representing the original owners of the bar was Dick Kelly from the Kelly family, who was born on the site of the current Crown Bar. The bar was once famous throughout Ireland and Britain for its collection of guns, predominantly the famous Flintlock Scatter Gun, which was manufactured in Wexford on the site of the current Anne Street Post Office. On the night of the bar's reopening, the guests had the great pleasure of holding and admiring this piece of the past, which was brought along by Dick Kelly himself.

The Crown Bar reopened its doors on July 31 following a two year closure for refurbishment works. As it holds a lot of memories for many people, its relaunch was warmly welcomed by people across Wexford. Though the newly refurbished premises contains a larger back bar and garden bar, the old style in the front bar has been retained.

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