‘THE COMMUNITY’S VERY EXCITED’ Couple granted permission to re-open one of Dublin’s oldest pubs – where they met as teenage sweethearts 20 years ago
It’s been 20 years since a couple met in the same London bar where they had their first date as teenagers.
Croke Park’s Hideout pub, located on Campbell’s Row, was shut down in 2012.
In the shadows of Croke Park, the Hideout pub is ready to reopen.
Constance Cassidy, the bar’s lawyer, told the Circuit Licensing Court that the pub was well-known to locals, but that it was difficult to locate.
Sinead and Darren Mulhall, residents of the area, purchased the bar in July 2014 and invested a significant amount of money in its renovation, according to Ms. Cassidy.
They were looking for a new bar license since the last one had expired, she added. In her words, the new licensing layout area was distinct from the prior one.
Her husband Darren and Ms. Mulhall met as teenagers working at a pub, according to Mr Justice Raymond Groarke of Circuit Court.
They bought the building after it was put up for sale following its closure, she claimed.
The tavern, which will be operated by members of the family going forward, will be ready to reopen soon, according to information provided to the court.
She said in court: “The local community is really enthused about the pub’s resurrection and people constantly asking us ‘when will it open?'” ”
“As a result, we’re overjoyed and eager to get everything going.
This is a tiny region, and the bar serves as a gathering place for the locals.”
When asked by Judge Groarke if the building’s design met the requirements for a liquor license, architect Frank Kenny said it did. The application was approved by the judge.