Despite dire warnings from lobbyists for Big Drink, the Irish pub sector has officially hit its second wind

Anyone who has been to anything where alcohol flows freely for the whole day – a wedding, perhaps, or every Thursday at college – will be familiar wit(...)

The George pub on South Great Georges Street in  Dublin is part of the Danu portfolio. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

“Oi . . . you rock!” exclaims operations director Nathan Evans to kitchen staff at the end of the launch night of the Smith & Wollensky steakhouse(...)

The five-star Monart hotel and spa in Co Wexford. It is included in the sale of Ulster Bank’s Project Coney portfolio to Sankaty Advisers

Ulster Bank has agreed the sale of its Project Coney portfolio to Sankaty Advisers, a US-based affiliate of investment group Bain Capital. The portfo(...)

 Mickey O’Rourke, Setanta Sports. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

“That’s Asia and that’s Kazakhstan on that screen there,” says Mickey O’Rourke, co-founder and owner of Setanta Sports, pointing at various monitors a(...)

Louis  FitzGerald’s Anglo loans were secured against well-known pubs, including The Stag’s Head and Kehoes  as well as the Arlington Hotel in Dublin. Photograph Joe St Leger

Louis FitzGerald, the publican and hotelier, has refinanced his empire with the support of Broadhaven Credit Partners and AIB. Mr FitzGerald’s busines(...)

The high-profile publican landlord of Cafe En Seine in Dawson Street, Dublin, refused to give consent for the buyers to take over the lease. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A €15 million deal led by the founders of the Setanta sports broadcasting group to buy four of Dublin’s best-known pubs has hit a snag, after the h(...)

Café en-Seine on Dawson St, one of the four bars in the Capital Bars Group portfolio

A consortium has acquired four of Dublin’s best known bars including Café en-Seine on Dawson Street for €15 million – €3 million more than the guide p(...)

PJ Mansfield, son of Jim (third from right)  at the funeral of businessman, Jim Mansfield at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saggart this morningh. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

The property developer and hotelier Jim Mansfield was remembered at his funeral today as “a unique and special patriarch who will always be remembered(...)

The Dublin pubs market is ripe for attack from well-capitalised new entrants such as Wetherspoon and Greene King.
Whose round is it, anyway?

The recent news that the British pub chain JD Wetherspoon has entered the Dublin market has sparked a rather predictable outcry from supposed defender(...)

The pub empire run by the family of the developer Paddy McKillen is to expand further, after An Bord Pleanála overturned Dublin City Council’s decisio(...)