Expats living in Abu Dhabi can expect to find a familiar face behind the bar should they decide to drop in for a pint at the Emirate state’s newsest Irish pub, McGettigan’s.
Having worked for the well-known pub chain in the United Arab Emirates for more than a year, Ardagh native Arthur Timlin was recently appointed manager of the company’s newest outlet.
“I have been based in the UAE for over a year now, spending my first year managing the McGettigan’s branch at the Dubai World Trade Centre,” he told the Longford Leader.
“I have just moved to Abu Dhabi in the last month to open and run our newest branch based at the Al Raha hotel.”
Arthur explains that his route to the Middle East stemmed from his time working in Dublin.
“I used to work in the Burlington Hotel, and when my old general manager, John Clifton, came to Dubai to be the Director of Operations of the McGettigan’s group, he asked me to come over to run one of the outlets, and thankfully it has all gone well so far.”
Outlining the history of the McGettigan’s, Arthur says the company opened its first pub in Dublin in 1964.
“The group has since expanded and now, in total, there will be seven McGettigan’s pubs in Europe and the Middle East by the start of June 2014,” he revealed.
A son of Roger and Geraldine Timlin, Arthur was involved at underage level with Ardagh St Patrick’s GAA Club and Longford Rugby Club, and he says a lot of local people now working in the UAE.
“The community is only getting bigger so perhaps we are not far from establishing a Longford Society in the UAE.
“While it gets very hot here during the summer, there is fantastic weather for nine months of the year and the lifestyle is very good.
“There is a great Irish community here and the various Irish societies and GAA clubs have a massive part to play in that.
“They’re very helpful in organising events for the Irish community.”