Neville brothers purchase prime site at bridge

By Maria Pepper

Published 12/11/2016 | 00:00

A prominent site at Wexford Bridge which includes a nightclub and a car park has been bought by the owners of the adjoining Crown Bar in Monck Street for an undisclosed sum.

Brothers Colm and Anthony Neville, directors of Coant Entertainments Ltd have confirmed that they are in the process of purchasing by private treaty the old Dublin Providers property on Commercial Quay which is in receivership and was placed on the market by Bank of Ireland.

The prime site directly across from Wexford Bridge has been used to advertise major Wexford events and includes Metro 17, the nightclub next to the rear of the Crown Bar pub which the brothers bought in 2014 and re-opened following refurbishment last year and also a shop which extends onto the Main Street.

Anthony Neville whose own construction company offices are based at Auburn House in Redmond Road said Coant Entertainments is looking at various different uses for the property which is the first glimpse of commercial Wexford seen by motorists driving across the bridge.

The plans will include retail use and also a possible extension to the Crown Bar.

'We are very happy to get this property. It's a very strategic site in the town,' said Anthony whose brother Colm owns the Riverside Park Hotel in Enniscorthy.

Another brother Seamus Neville is the managing director of the leading building company William Neville and Sons Ltd.

Meanwhile, Anthony Neville and William Neville and Sons this week scotched rumours that they have purchased Redmond Square which is on sale with a price tag of €2.25 million and includes the old Savoy cineplex cinema, 14 retail units and a car park.

'I can categorically confirm that Anthony or Colm Neville have not bought it,' said Anthony. ' I haven't heard that rumour.'

A spokesperson at William Neville and Sons said: 'That's not us.'

Peter Love of Cushman and Wakefield, the commercial partner of Sherry Fitzgerald which is selling the property also said there is no truth in the rumour.

'The property is still on the market with good interest,' he said.

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