With the pub industry in Inishowen struggling to get through the recession, two public houses in one of the peninsula’s main towns have closed down in the past week.
It is believed the Bar-a-Cuda and the Town Clock bar and restaurant have closed their doors since the beginning of the year.
The pub closures in the seaside town have highlighted the change in the once bustling licensing trade locally, a town which boasted 16 pubs at one stage now reduced to seven.
The Town Clock had more recently offered special deals to patrons, which included a percentage off your total bill and Sunday lunch specials, but the restaurant failed to compete in the difficult market place.
The owner of the Bar-a-Cuda, Mike Murphy, who once tried to raise the profile of the bar by introducing a special night where male strippers and pole dancers came to the premises on Main Street, had put the premises up for sale earlier this year.
Mr Murphy is giving up the licence to concentrate full time on his new venture, Moo-licious business which he hopes will bring 30 new jobs to the town.
However it seems it is not just public houses in Moville who are suffering to compete nowadays. Just last month the CEO of the Vintners Federation of Ireland warned that 2012 could be a very bleak year for Irish publicans as the VAT increase, he believes, will have a “devastating affect on the industry.”
Padraig Cribben, CEO of the VFI said last year over 5,000 people were made unemployed from their industry and the outlook for next year is very bleak.
“Over 90% of the pubs in Ireland are family businesses and the majority of these are already struggling to keep their doors open. The last thing they need is an increase in VAT. This 2% increase will have a crippling effect on our members and the implementation of the new drink driving legislation was the final straw for many.”
Organiser of the Beatlefest and Dylanfest, Gerry McLaughlin said it’s a great shame that the pubs and Restaurants are closing in Moville. “The Round-the-World Clipper yacht race which takes place in Greencastle in early July will give a huge boost to the local economy and the whole of Inishowen will get a great boost next year when Derry is expecting to attract 2m extra visitors for its City of culture. However, it looks as if the cavalry can’t get here quickly enough, for some local businesses. The closure of the ferry would have had a major impact on business at the Town Clock
“If Moville and Greencastle wants to save its businesses it needs to get the shore walk opened, the ferry restarted and then preparations made to take advantage of the Clipper race this year and the City of Culture next year.”
Mr McLaughlin commended Mr Murphy for developing his new business in the town, saying the area will get a big boost soon with the opening of his Moo-licious plant shortly employing 30 people.”