The Brewery – now serving at The Square!



There’s a new pub in town! The Brewery opened for business over the August bank holiday but this weekend sees owners Matthew Donnellan and Patrick McEnaney officially open Roscommon town’s newest watering hole with a weekend of live music which will culminate on Sunday night with the big Christmas lights switch-on in the county town.

  Monaghan man Patrick, who has traded cattle in Roscommon and the west of Ireland for many years, says it was always part of the plan to open a bar in this part of the world.

  “I’ve known Matthew for the last 14 years, from before I went into the hotel business. He spent a bit of time in Galway and I always said to him if he found anything in the west or in this region to go for it. It was Matthew who found the place down here and we made a phone call, arranged a viewing and quickly decided we’d give it a go. There was a lot of work to be done but we were open for business in time for the August bank holiday,” he said.

  Matthew Donnellan is an auctioneer from Bailieborough, where Patrick runs The Bailie Hotel with his family. He saw Roscommon’s potential from day one.

  “We thought Roscommon was a very good town. A good farming town, a proper county town,” he said.

  Patrick also had a good first impression: “We were very impressed. For us, coming from a farming background, we feel we can communicate and relate to the people in this town. It felt a bit like Bailieborough, but on a larger scale.”

  “There’s also huge potential in Roscommon as a town,” adds Matthew.

  As well as farming, the GAA is seen as another activity Roscommon has in common with the northern towns familiar to Patrick and Matthew.

  “The GAA is a huge thing in this town too. I would have a strong connection with the GAA from playing with Corduff and now coaching at underage level,” said Patrick, before pointing to names like McNeill, O’Gara and Hayden as evidence of other strong GAA names currently doing business in Roscommon town.

  So what direction will Roscommon town’s newest business take? It was something that was given a great deal of thought and therefore the new surrounds were aimed at attracting a new clientele, according to Matthew.

  “We felt the establishment needed a new direction. There were a few weeks of hard work to get it up and running for the August bank holiday weekend.

  “We wanted a place where people could come in and enjoy a quiet drink in pleasant surroundings. It can’t be in a better spot, it’s in the ‘Temple Bar of Roscommon’, just sitting off the Market Square.”

  Patrick adds that The Brewery is quickly becoming part of a regular night out in Roscommon.

  “I found from working last Saturday night that a younger clientele are starting to come now. They have their two or three drinks and then maybe move on, which they’re very welcome to do.”

  Matthew was also positive about the future of tourism and the pub trade in town in general.

  “People think the pub business is dying in Ireland but if you do it right and run a good show, people will always be out. The amount of people coming to the town from outside and staying over night and popping into us is unbelievable. It’s a good town for people looking to enjoy a night away or a weekend break.”

  There’s good value as well as good service on offer at The Brewery and the owners are only getting started.

  Matthew says: “We believe we are offering good value and service. A pint of Guinness at The Brewery is just €4!”

  Patrick agreed before insisting the owners wouldn’t be resting on the laurels.

  “Listen, we’re still a work in progress but we will be looking to add to what we already have on offer in the way of gins and other drinks. We’re very thankful to the people of Roscommon for the support and welcome that they have given us so far.

  “Looking ahead and by way of thanks, we hope to do a Christmas Draw with Eddie Quinn providing live music on the night on the 21st of December. There will be lots of prizes up for grabs on the night!”

  He reiterated that The Brewery was continuously looking at ways of improving the business and was currently looking at the possibility of adding new staff.

  As for this weekend and the official opening of The Brewery, Matthew reckons there will be plenty of entertainment on offer.

  “We have plenty on for the official opening including live entertainment on Friday night from Paul Leavy who is a well-known performer in the north-east as well as a barbeque.

  “On Saturday there will be more live music with Kieran Rosney. We’ll also have a free draw for a weekend away. Then on Sunday we’ll have the big switch-on of the Christmas lights and plenty of activity inside and outside The Brewery, including free giveaways for the kids and music with local artists from 7 to 9 pm.”

  In truth, The Brewery couldn’t have picked a better weekend for an official opening. With Christmas magic in the air it is in a prime location for those looking for a warm, relaxed spot for drink and some craic. As for the new owners, Matthew and Patrick are two men who certainly seem capable of organising a festive pick-me-up in The Brewery.