Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

4m makeover for well-known pub

An Omagh pub and nightclub is to get a £4m makeover.

The venue, Sally O'Brien's, is being demolished and rebuilt by owner John McGirr.

The new premises in John Street will have improved disability access, an expanded bar and new kitchen facilities to allow the business to provide catering. The integral Sally O's nightclub will have increased capacity.

The project, which began with the demolition of the original building in September of this year, is well under way with building work already up to the first storey. Work is due to be completed in June next year with a grand re-opening ceremony soon afterwards.

In the meantime, regular customers are being served their favourite tipples at the Top Of The Town pub, just a short distance from where Sally O'Brien's is taking shape.

Owner John McGirr said: "This is a huge undertaking for us and a massive investment but I believe that we can build a really special venue that will appeal not only to our regular pub customers but also to the many young people who loved the old Sally O's and who travel from far and wide for our unique atmosphere, great music and great craic.

"It has been seven years since we last refurbished the premises and I really felt that it was time for a change.

"It probably seems a bit drastic to knock down the whole building and start again from scratch, but I wanted to make changes that would really revolutionise the club and bar area and felt that the time was right to also begin serving a simple bar snacks menu."

He said that with so many changes planned, it was easier to rebuild than refurbish.

" There has been so much interest from people in the area as to what is happening and our customers have been enjoying watching the new building take shape.

"By taking over the Top Of The Town, we have been able to keep on many of our staff and continue to serve our regulars during the rebuild, which I feel is very important.

"At this stage, we hope to keep it on once Sally O'Brien's reopens. It is an exciting time for me as a publican and I am really looking forward to re-launching the new and improved bar and club next year."

The project is being designed and managed by Hughes McMichael architects, project managers and quantity surveyors.

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