Divilly’s Bar in Glenamaddy celebrates 30 years in business

A grand ‘Welcome Inn’ at Divilly’s

Last week I drove across the border and into ‘enemy’ territory. The not so dusty roads into Glenamaddy were decorated with the maroon and white of Galway. Divilly’s Bar and the Welcome Inn Lounge proved to be an extremely welcoming establishment despite the recent football rivalry!

  I was met by bar manager, Martin Hegarty, who was busy serving customers. “How are you?” he enquired as he shook my hand, “Joseph will be here shortly!” Joseph is the current proprietor of Divilly’s.

  In the meantime I was warmly greeted by his parents, Joe and Teresa, who purchased the premises in 1985 from Richard and Elizabeth Dockery.

  “Richard died some years later and Elizabeth lived next door to the pub until her passing late last year,” said Teresa.

  The contractors to the pub were Carty’s of Ballygar and the Divilly family commenced business on Friday, July 25th, 1986. The official opening was also a Friday, August 15th, 1986, to be precise. The establishment was opened by Pat Hartington – the famous Limerick hurler – and Fianna Fáil Junior Minister, Tom Hussey.

  In 2008 the bar was extended and refurbished around about the time Joseph came on board. Joseph, like all good barmen, obviously knew a thing or two about timing as at that moment he arrived at the bar.

  “The pub trade, especially the rural pub trade, has seen plenty of changes in the last number of years” Joseph said, adding that business had picked up significantly in recent years.

  “We’ve discos in the bar at the weekend and we have live music in the lounge as well.”

  The bar area is a comfortable and cozy place for a drink, to play a game of pool or throw a few darts. Regulars to the bar were enjoying a pint and a chat while I was there and Joseph told me that it’s the place to be for major sporting events.

  “We’ve the big screen behind you there which pulls down for all the matches,” he said. Discos on Saturday night and The Sunday Game on Sunday seem to be part of the fondly regarded local routine.

  Joseph showed me some of the old photographs behind the bar before inviting me into the spacious lounge next door, which was extremely neat and comfortable. Old photographs from a 1968 trip to the Guinness Brewery in Dublin and an old group photograph from Glenamaddy adorned the walls.

  Divilly’s seemed like a grand spot for a pint and I was slightly disappointed I couldn’t indulge in a couple of the creamy pints of stout Martin was pulling for the regulars. Alas I had to leave the comfortable surrounds and craic behind and make my way back to Roscommon.