COLLON MAN LEO MARTIN EN­JOY­ING HIS DUTCH SUC­CESS STORY

Lo­cal man has made ‘Mad Molly’s’ the place to go to in city of Breda

Mid Louth Independent - - FRONT PAGE - By HU­BERT MUR­PHY

A COLLON man who made the Dutch city of Breda his home 23 years ago en­joyed his own mo­ment of fame on Dutch TV re­cently.

Leo Martin fea­tured in ‘For­eign Af­fairs’ - a pro­gramme de­tail­ing how those from other coun­tries had made their mark in the Nether­lands.

Leo opened his own pub, ‘Mad Mollys’ three years ago and it has proved to be a glow­ing suc­cess.

But his early days in the coun­try were pretty in­ter­est­ing - go­ing to a lan­guage school to learn Dutch and hav­ing to get used to break­fast - choco­late and gin­ger bread!

He met his fu­ture wife, Inge, while work­ing in a pub and when their fam­ily came along, he was de­ter­mined to start work­ing for him­self.

And that’s where he dis­cov­ered crowd fund­ing.

It’s a plat­form where pri­vate in­vestors help you se­cure a busi­ness and he had an aim of rais­ing €67,000 in 60 days.

Within days, peo­ple had helped him re­alise his dream after he raised half the money in the first 24 hours.

He told the TV show that he had to tell peo­ple that he didn’t need their money!

He de­cided on a lo­ca­tion and of course, made sure it was an Ir­ish bar.

‘The bar was the right size, not too big, not too small. We wanted a tra­di­tional Ir­ish pub,’ he stated.

He says it feels like a com­mu­nity cen­tre now, peo­ple com­ing in from work and talk­ing about their day. He even spon­sored a lo­cal foot­ball team.

He says the fu­ture is bright and he might even con­sider open­ing an­other bar in the Breda area.

Given his grow­ing name, Leo gets plenty of fam­ily and friends trav­el­ling over from Collon and sur­rounds and you might even spot a Mat­tock Rangers jer­sey on the wall if you are lucky.

Given the suc­cess of the Dutch darts play­ers, he had made that sport a pri­or­ity in the pub while he also holds some un­usual events - a red head day be­ing one.

Leo Martin’s ‘Mad Mollys’ in the city of Breda in Hol­land and in­set, with Inge.

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