Donkey a real local

THERE are pubs and bars, and then there are locals — and Cobh’s Roaring Donkey is all three, under the one hat and roof.

Donkey a real local

With a 100-year pedigree, and owned and run since 1979 by Annette and locally-born Michael Carlos, it is now for sale as the owners are calling time on their time in the trade, with four children reared, a thousand tales to tell, and thousands more again which can’t be repeated.

Many tall donkey tales are up on their website, with entries every year since 2000 — it’s quick-witted and priceless.

“The website banter’s waned a bit now due to Facebook, but a Donkey customer Ted Creedon has been responsible for it down the years. We had one man, Dave Dagley, come across it, over in Alabama in the States; he said he thought it was joke, but he called in to see if any of it was true. Now, Dave’s over sometimes up to four times a year from Alabama, and we always sing ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ when he arrives,” recalls Annette.

“Back when we bought it... The bar at the time was a shop/pub and frequented by farmers who years ago used to tie their donkeys and carts outside and spend some time having a few drinks while waiting for their groceries, sometimes spending a bit longer then intended.

“After a time the donkeys started braying, hence the nick-name. We tried to put Michael’s name over the door, but everyone just called it the Donkey, so we just had to go with it and paint it up over the door,” Annette admits.

It’s now for sale with agent Johanna Murphy, who guides at €380,000, and includes an adjoining five-bed home which, she notes, would rent for €800 a month. Ms Murphy says The Roaring Donkey is probably Cobh’s best known and best loved locals, a real drinking pub and beer garden with a very strong regular trade and known for music for 35 years. &

It’s also popular with sports groups, especially rugby, and the Donkey hosts annual fundraising, called TicksGiving, which has raised €40,000 for charities.

Details: Johanna Murphy & Son, 086 2626026

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