New face and old name at Neli­gan’s

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

WITH a new pro­pri­etor and the old name re­stored over the door, Neli­gan’s pub on Main

Street, Din­gle, was re­launched on Satur­day with a night of mu­sic, song, the best of craic and a very full house.

The pub op­er­ated as ‘The

Mighty Ses­sion’ in re­cent years but last month Dara Her­lihy took over the lease and the Mighty Ses­sion sign was taken down, re­veal­ing the name ‘M Neli­gan’ un­der­neath. The Neli­gan fam­ily have owned the premises for gen­er­a­tions and Dara thought it was a per­fectly good name for the pub, so Neli­gan’s is Neli­gan’s once again.

Dara said he has en­joyed phe­nom­e­nal sup­port since open­ing the pub and es­pe­cially on Satur­day night when Pol­caí 4 pro­vided the mu­sic and the place was packed to the door.

Dara brings a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence of the hos­pi­tal­ity busi­ness to the pub, hav­ing worked in ho­tel man­age­ment for 10 years, fol­lowed by two years as man­ager of a gas­tro pub and a res­tau­rant in Clon­akilty. In 2011 he opened Siopa Ceoil an Dain­gin in The Colony with his fa­ther, Michael, and mean­while works as a tour guide with Rick Steves.

With strong mu­sic con­nec­tions, par­tic­u­larly through the Be­g­leys, Dara’s plan for the pub is sim­ple: a good at­mos­phere and tra­di­tional Ir­ish mu­sic seven nights a week. If Satur­day’s open­ing was any­thing to go by, it looks like they’ll be busy nights.

Dara Her­lihy with Mary Black at the of­fi­cial open­ing of Neli­gan’s pub on Satur­day night.

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