Punters to get pints and two Shortts as comic buys pub

A PINT and a couple of Shortts, please. Top comedian Pat Shortt has bought his first pub, it emerged last night.

Pat, who stars in the hit RTE comedy, Killnaskully, has bought McGrath’s pub in Castlemartyr in East Cork with his brother, Chris.

Publican John McGrath confirmed that he will hand the keys over the Shortt brothers next Monday.

Pat was in Wexford yesterday as part of his sell-out nationwide ‘You Won’t Get Away With That Here’ tour and was unavailable for comment.

But it is understood the duo are planning a major party in their new pub next Friday, December 8. And both be serving pints from behind the bar.

Pat Shortt started in comedy when he left Art College. With Jon Kenny he created D’Unbelievables, Ireland’s most popular comedy duo. After the pair split, Pat pursued a very successful solo comedy and acting career.

He has just finished work on his third series of Killnaskully in which he stars as a range of characters, while he also penned the number one hit single, Jumbo Breakfast Roll earlier this year.

Pat Shortt is also one of a number of high-profile backers of HeartFM, a new radio station which is posing the sole threat to UTV renewing its Limerick Live 95FM licence.

The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland is expecting to make its decision on the issue in January.

HeartFM, which is also backed by Cranberries musicians Mike and Noel Hogan, businessman Tony Brazil and broadcaster Michael McNamara, told the BCI that if granted the new 10-year licence, it will take on board 36 staffers with an initial investment of €2.5m and earmark €300,000 on marketing and promotion in its first year.

HeartFM chairman Michael McNamara told the BCI they anticipated a turnover of €4.2m during its first year.

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