The Local opened its door for the first time on the 25th of November 1999. The building had been in the Byrne family since the early 1960’s when Helena’s father, Johnny bought it. Back then it was then called Cooneys Pub.
The building was then turned into an Electrical business, but Johnny renewed the liquor licence every year for £200. There was always a display of bottled beers and spirits in the Electrical shop, showing the public that there was indeed a licence on the premises.
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An interesting fact is that if somebody requested a pint of Guinness in the shop, Johnny or his wife Lenore would have to oblige and get the the pint for the customer.
In 1999, Johnny and Lenore decided to retire from the retail world, so Helena and her brother John decided to give the Pub business a go. In 2004 Helena and her husband Donnchadh bought John’s share of the business, and continue to run The Local to this day.
Since then, The Local has grown from strength to strength and has become renowned for its world-class music sessions, which attract local and international names from the world of traditional and folk music. It is a unique venue to play in and everybody who has done so always wanted to return.
The Local is very well supported by the people of Dungarvan and its environs, and has gained a great reputation for Food, Music, GAA and Craic.