Landmark pub Keenan’s of Tarmonbarry is the favourite festive lunch stop for drivers crossing the country during the build-up to Christmas. The traditional interior lends itself perfectly to decorating and it will soon be looking its best for the yuletide season.

For six generations, the same family has welcomed travellers, and now David Keenan has been appointed as general manager. The original pub was opened by David’s great great great grandfather, Hugh Reynolds, on the same site in 1865. David’s parents, Barry and Annette Keenan, took over 25 years ago and were responsible for introducing the food service with which Keenan’s has become synonymous, as well as developing the 12-bedroom boutique hotel.

“It’s a privilege as well as a responsibility to take over a family business with a history like Keenan’s has”, said David Keenan. “It’s a weight I am proud to carry on my shoulders. I was brought up in the business and it seems like a natural progression to take charge now. I’m looking forward to the future and the challenges it brings”. David is accustomed to taking up challenges and brings new expertise into the business, having spent several years working in the financial sector in Dublin and abroad.

The new Royal Canal Greenway begins just a couple of minutes from Keenan’s and both bike racks and secure bike lock ups are provided for customers.

A new festive cocktail menu using local spirits is just one of David’s innovations. The Cinnamon Sleigh, Holly Beret, Baileys Comet are highlights of the cocktail card.

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