After a period of extra time in the bar trade at Cork city’s legendary soccer pub dug-out, long-time publican Neil Murphy and family are calling game over at The Horsehoe Inn — a bar that spills over into the 7,500 person capacity FAI stadium at Turners Cross.
By Tommy Barker
It was last put up for sale in 2007, guiding €1.75m with development potential being promoted as an attribute.
Now, while still enjoying a great location practically as part of the Munster FAI’s pitch patch (it’s said a player could almost order a pint while taking a corner) it’s now priced at €350,000 by agent and bar specialist Cearbhall Behan who notes that “uniquely it includes a portion of the football grounds in the sale, including a vehicular access point on to Curragh Road adjoining the premises.”
Bar owner Neil Murphy, in residence for 40 years of ups and downs of Cork City FC and its predecessors such as Celtic, Cork United, and Cork Athletic on the pitch, is determined to sell, Mr Behan says. The Murphy family has been involved in various Cork bars previously, included the West End Bar and the West Park Hotel in Ballincollig, The Office Bar and the currently closed Paddy the Farmers — which sold recently to the Soho/East Douglas Village bar partnership who plan to re-open it in early spring.
Fans have described the Horseshoe as the equivalent of the clubhouse at a golf course, and according to Mr Murphy “given the lack of an official clubhouse on the grounds the bar has long been regarded as a rendezvous point for supporters. We get calls on a daily basis for tickets throughout the season which are sold at the bar.”
The Horseshoe serves as unofficial clubhouse before and after games, whilst the first floor has views of the pitch, and could be converted for corporate entertainment.
There’s four overhead bedrooms, needing work, 2,200 sq ft of ground floor space, plus a commercial unit at the rear within the football grounds which could be used as a supporters shop, food outlet or pub use subject to planning approval.
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