Memories of popular city centre pub

The Bound For Boston.
The Bound For Boston.

Patrons from down the years have been paying tribute to and sharing stories about the Bound for Boston, one of city’s most popular pubs which closed its doors for the last time at the weekend.

The bar in Waterloo Street had been open for more than 21 years and was fondly remembered over the weekend by many former patrons.

The Derry Journal story on the bar’s closure was seen by close to 50,000 on Facebook, with many readers leaving comments.

Jacqueline Christie posted: “I was one of the first bar staff to work in there, met my great friends Sophie Dechant & Catherine Keane in there. Some crazy nights!!”

Louise Campbell wrote: “Sorry to hear this, one of the great live music venues. Saw some good bands and even played there myself in my younger days. So sad to see it go.”

Eoin O’Kane added: “Halloween, watching Ireland in the World Cup and most importantly my first ever live gig are the best memories I have of this pub, thanks Bound For Boston.”

Les Doherty, owner of the Bound For Boston refused to comment on the closure other than to confirm that the bar had ceased trading.

Gerry McCloskey, chair of the Derry Vintner’s Association said the closure came as part of a more widescale problem in the city. “The struggle for publicans in Derry is that a lot of people are drinking at home and buying cheap drink elsewhere and only going to pubs at 11 or 12 by which point they don’t want to buy much alcohol.”