Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Fat lady sings for end of Opera nights and a new era of Secrets

A £1.5m transformation has brought down the curtain on The Opera nightclub in Magherafelt

There will be a new nightclub on the scene this weekend after the £1.5m transformation of a well-known venue and former Pub of the Year.

Husband and wife team Henry and Teresa McGlone are behind Magherafelt's new nightclub Secrets after they closed down and overhauled their successful venture, Dorman's and The Opera.

Dorman's has been a name associated with Magherafelt's pub scene for more than 100 years, and Dorman's and The Opera won the Pub of the Year title in 2011.

The McGlones had been running Dorman's pub and its sister nightclub The Opera for 15 years – and will be hoping Secrets enjoys a similar lifespan.

Work started on transforming Dorman's and The Opera following its closure in February, with award-winning architects O'Donnell O'Neill carrying out the work.

The practice has taken inspiration from clubs in Dubai and the Abercrombie and Fitch flagship store on New York's Fifth Avenue to give Secrets an atmosphere of luxury – with a VIP lounge and cocktail bar.

The McGlones had said the business will employ 100 people by the end of 2015, initially starting with 60 staff in the nightclub.

Henry McGlone said: "The opening of Secrets Nightclub this week follows almost two years of behind the scenes work to breathe new life into one of Co Derry's most famed entertainment venues.

"We are very excited to have watched the transformation take place over the last six months.

"We have travelled extensively to bring the best elements of the world's renowned bars and clubs to Magherafelt. And we are confident Secrets Nightclub and the further phases will bring something new and innovative to the social offering in Northern Ireland."

In its heyday, The Opera nightclub alone was attracting hundreds of people from all across Northern Ireland for its busy Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

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