Shortt brothers raise the bar with pub venture

A PINT and a couple of Shortts, please.

Top comedian Pat Shortt will step behind the bar of his new pub today.

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

Publican John McGrath will hand the keys over to the Shortt brothers this afternoon.

They plan to have their name above the bar shortly afterwards and they are planning to hold a major party on Friday to celebrate.

And both will 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 10-year licence, it will take on board 36 staffers with an initial investment of €2.5 million and earmark €300,000 on marketing and promotion in its first year.

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