The unexpected closure of the PS Red restaurant at Longford Golf Club last week wreaked havoc for some families as the First Holy Communion season kicks off.
Brendan Kelly’s son made his First Holy Communion last Saturday and the family had a table booked at the restaurant for 40 people to celebrate the day.
As a result of the closure, the Kellys were left in a situation where they struggled to find an alternative venue and only received confirmation on Friday evening from Cooney’s Hotel in Ballymahon that the venue could facilitate them on the special day.
“We had people travelling from all over the country for the communion,” Mr Kelly told the Leader.
“We had booked PS Red weeks ago and even had a confirmation party there a few weeks back.”
The local businessman went on to say that he held the establishment in very high esteem and regularly brought clients visiting Longford to the restaurant.
“The food there is excellent,” continued Mr Kelly, who said he was extremely annoyed over the sudden closure, which he added, could result in the loss of 15 jobs in Longford town.
Brendan agreed the situation was very stressful in advance of their son’s special day.
“Thankfully Cooney’s in Ballymahon helped us out at the last minute.” he said, adding “I don’t know where I will bring my clients now; I am furious over this, we are all trying to build Longford up and this is not helping matters.”
Meanwhile, Yvonne Diffley-Hackett was due to spend the afternoon at PS Red last Saturday to celebrate her nephew’s First Holy Communion Day.
The family were upset to learn of PS Red’s closure but were lucky to secure a booking at Keenan’s in Tarmonbarry, who pulled out all the stops to make the day wonderful for them all.
“My brother only found out two days before the communion that PS Red was closed, so it was very upsetting for everyone,” Ms Diffley-Hackett continued.
“There was 30 people in our party and the staff in Keenan’s were amazing - they looked after us so well, considering they had such short notice to accommodate us.”