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Rumour has it…

July 8th, 2013 1 comment

Ever since we moved to this house we have been subject to rumours. It goes with the territory to an extent. It also goes with living in such a small ‘community’. Usually the rumours are about the house. They are without exception never true. Over the last few months we’ve got sick of hearing them coming back to us;

“The house is for sale.” “The house is sold”. “Someone has bought a license for it”. The name of a particular person ” xxxxxx  has purchased it” (someone we know but haven’t even seen for about 8 years). “The bar is re-opening at the August Bank Holiday weekend”. There will even “be a marquee on the lawn”.

It’s all rubbish as usual. It’s upsetting to hear all of this stuff. Especially upsetting for my family. Also probably upsetting for those who are hoping these things will happen. It always amazes me that people are happy to spread the rumours but not ask us whether they are true. All they need to do is ask.

Anyway, I’m going to say this only once. In the more that 10 years that we have lived here, no one has ever even so much as made us a serious offer for the place. Not once. It isn’t and has never been on the market. Briefly, when we were closing the bar, I asked a group of locals who were disappointed to make us an offer. They never did. That doesn’t mean that we wouldn’t sell if anyone made us an offer because no one in their right minds would ever say never but no one ever has.

I just wanted to say that. I know the rumours won’t stop. This may even make them worse but, what the hell 🙂

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The Roof, part 4

May 9th, 2007 No comments

Well it seems that the sale of our license may not provide enough money to make our house waterproof after all. Everything costs so much more than we had expected and the shock of the pricing has caused a delay whilst we try and figure out what to do. We may be able to fix parts of the roof but won’t be able to re-render the outside of the house where water is coming through the stone and it’s doubtful now that we’ll be able to afford the new windows we badly need. Still, the roof is the most important aspect, definitely our no.1 priority. If we can stop the raindrops from falling on our heads, that will be a big help. We found an ad in our local paper for ‘The Roof Doctor’. He’s coming to quote on the roof tomorrow. As he is a roof specialist and has his own scaffolding his price may be cheaper. Our local builder doesn’t own scaffolding and hiring it adds at least 10K to the cost of the job. We’d much prefer to pay a local workforce but if we are forced to, we’ll go elsewhere.

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The end of The George

March 15th, 2007 No comments

It’s a funny day today. Al has gone to Limerick to appear in court so that our bar licence can officially change hands. On the one hand it’s great news as, if everything goes ahead as planned, the buyers will have their fire certificate approved and the transfer will be complete. All being well, we’ll have the money to fix our roof in a few days. Fixing the roof is our number one priority and it’s great to know that when the weather is suitable we can get it done. On the other hand, it’s the end of our little bar. Although we’ve been closed for a while, as we still had the licence, we could have opened up again. Of course we wouldn’t have, as I’ve said before, we just couldn’t afford to subsidise it ourselves any longer. For a long time, it was our own savings that were allowing our handful of customers to carry on drinking. Even though we were only open a couple of nights a week I feel lots of guilt about this but there are only 200 or so people in Currane and two pubs. Now there just one. Life in this part of rural Ireland has changed so much in the 7 years we’ve been here and little bars like ours are closing everyday. Anyway, it all becomes final today and our licence is being transfered to a swish new hotel in Limerick. As that hotel can’t open until it has a licence, they booked Al into another hotel last night so that he would be there for the court session first thing this morning. That hotel is called ‘The George Boutique Hotel’. Our ‘The George’ was unofficially named by the locals as a reference to all of their family members living in England, we’ve never even had a sign outside. Now ‘The George’ in Limerick is a boutique hotel! As I’ve been writing this, Al has rung and the licence has been transferred by the judge. That’s it then. I’m a little sad. To have a look at some pictures of some good times in ‘The George’ take a look at http://www.corraunhouse.com/gallery.html

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The roof, part 2

March 5th, 2007 No comments

Yesterday the wind was blowing at 130kmph. It took both of us to open our front door to let the dog out and the poor medium sized dog had trouble keeping her feet on the ground while she did her business. Then it took the weight (not insignificant!) of the two of us to push the door closed. That was yesterday, today it’s much the same except that it’s raining as well. The sound of the wind is bad enough but now it’s joined by the steady plinks and plonks of water hitting the various containers around the place. The front hall is like a lake, rain is coming through our old bedroom ceiling, through the floor boards and wetting the ceiling of our sitting room below. Our staircase squelches, one of the many pint glasses on our office window sill has been emptied four times already today and here Al and I sit wearing as many clothes as we can listening to the wind and the drips and trying very hard not to let it get us down. I’m very worried that the ceiling above the stairs is about to collapse it’s now so cracked and wet but Al tells me that as long as the water is escaping, the weight won’t build up and we’ll be OK. We have now decided that we have to close our little bar. It’s been on the cards for a while and as I may have mentioned before, our licence has a value at the moment and this may not always be the case. We’ve found a buyer- our licence will be transfered to a newly built hotel in Limerick (as sign of the times) and we will have the money to fix our roof as soon as the weather allows. So… there will be an end to this. That thought will keep us going.

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The roof

November 16th, 2006 No comments

We’ve had weeks and weeks of wind and rain. The last few nights have been very stormy and as a result we have bowls and pots and pans all the way up our staircase and along the corridor. The sound of all of the drips landing in the various containers is amazing. So much water has come through the roof that our bedroom ceiling is soaked and now it’s black with mold / mildew- well I don’t know what it is, but stuff is growing. We’ve had to move into our guestroom which is the only dry(ish) room on the 1st floor. I just hope that we can make it through the winter intact and find a way of getting the money together for our new roof in the spring. It’s all very upsetting; my books are starting to go mouldy! When we moved here it was because we wanted to opt out of the ‘rat race’. We always said; we don’t want lots of money; just a roof over our heads but wow, when that roof starts to leak, everything changes.

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Life at The George part 2

November 5th, 2006 No comments

It seems that sadly our little bar is not long for this world. We’re in the quietest part of the year now and the truth is, it’s costs us money to open. We’ve been subsidising the bar from our own pockets and we’ve been doing this for a long time now. We can’t carry on doing that, especially in the light of tonight’s events. Earlier this evening a customer emptied our coal bucket onto the fire in the bar and added lots of turf (it was part of a joke that won’t translate very well). Shortly afterwards, our chimney was on fire. Although chimney fires are not unheard of in this part of the world it really was very upsetting to see huge flames shooting out of the top of our chimney and wondering if the fire would spread to our roof. We called the fire brigade. In this area the fire service is a voluntary one, they arrived quickly and very professionally dealt with the fire. Our local council will now send us a bill for 500 Euro, which is the rate they charge for a call out for a commercial business. We don’t know how we are going to pay this- we did even think about not calling and hoping that the fire didn’t spread but in hindsight we’re glad we did call. We were very lucky that the wind was blowing the flames away from the house and although our chimneystack is now cracked we are pretty sure that for the time being at least, it ‘s not in danger of falling. The same can’t be said for the precarious financial position we find ourselves in regarding the bar though.

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Life at The George

September 24th, 2006 No comments

It’s the end of the summer season, the last chance this year (well until Christmas) for our bar to make a little money or even pay it’s way. It’s not looking good. Habits have changed so much in Ireland in recent years. Supermarkets have opened selling cheap wine and lager. Many are now choosing to rent a DVD and watch it at home. A couple of years ago it was unheard of to eat out in this area; now everyone is doing it and many take advantage of cheap flights and travel much further affield than they ever used to and spend their holidays in far sunnier climes than the west coast of Ireland. We had to think long and hard and have decided that we can only open 4 nights a week for the winter. Providing light and heat alone means that more often than not we make a loss on week nights. It’s a shame. We have lots of happy memories of those great nights in The George and so do many of our customers. Those nights in the holidays, both before and after we owned the place, the nights when there was a great crowd, the fire lit, a great sing-song and some wonderful craic. We hope there are many more of them ahead.

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