One of Longford’s landmark premises closed its doors for the last time on Monday night, heralding the end of an era for the town.
Staff at PV’s Bar on Ballymahon Street were informed at 6pm on Monday that the pub would be closing down at end of business that night.
“We were half-expecting it to happen at some point, but we had no idea it was going to close so suddenly,” said John Moohan, who worked at the premises since 1985.
“The last few years had been fairly hard as there has been a change in the drinking culture. People don’t come out from Monday to Thursday anymore.”
PV’s was the first pub in Longford to break the £1 million price barrier when it was sold by then owner PV Fallon for £1.8 million in 2000.
The premises was bought at the time by businessman Thomas Kearns and was extensively refurbished. A nightclub, Blue, proved to be a popular addition to the town’s social scene.
The premises was sold again in recent years and entered receivership in recent months. It is understood the property will now be offered for sale with all fixtures and fittings intact.