Blow to local tourism as Edmund Burke Pub refurb is blocked.

With tourism numbers at all time highs in Ireland it’s not always good news on the development front as Galway county council has just blocked a proposal to develop one of Co Galway’s local pub landmarks the Dereen Inn near the monastic village of Abbeyknockmoy. Bought by local entrepreneur Declan Ganley as a “hobby refurbishment”, the pub was to be renamed as the Edmund Burke and was going to compromise of a visitors centre, restaurant and pub. There are no plans to appeal the decision as this can take up to two years and usually bureaucratic decisions of this nature are very seldom reversed. We hope common sense will prevail and local pressure with world wide publicity will bear fruit.

Author: Klara McDonnell

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