An official from Longford Slashers GAA Club has confirmed that the bar in the club’s premises at Farneyhoogan, which has been shut for several months, will not reopen.
“The bar is gone,” John Murphy, a member of the Longford Slashers GAA Complex committee, confirmed to the Longford Leader this week. “It was a loss-making operation, and we can’t afford to lose money on any enterprise; we were not getting a return for the amount of effort involved in running the bar.
“It was taking too much of our time to run, and it was taking the attention away from our main activities.”
First opened in 1980, the bar and its function room was used for three decades to host club events, as well as discos, music and theatre performances, weddings, and other functions.
The bar was also convenient for audiences attending shows at the Backstage Theatre, which is located next door.
“The space will still be used for club events, but alcohol won’t be served.” Mr Murphy explained.
“This has been on the cards for the past four or five years,” he added.
“There hasn’t been a bar trade there for some time.”