The Irish pub is regularly named as something that tourists most look forward to checking out when visiting Ireland.
It is so popular that it has created a world-wide industry with ‘Irish pubs’ in almost every major city in the world.
Wouldn’t it be great if there was one on your doorstep? Well actually there can be. Temporarily at least.
An Irish businesswoman has quit her job and started a pop-up Irish pub which she will bring to people’s homes as they celebrate birthdays, weddings, St Patrick’s Day or any special occasion.
Caitriona Mulher spent 12 years working for Heineken. As she approached her 40th birthday she decided she wanted to spend time with her partner Paul and her two children.
She decided to become her own boss and set about creating the pop-up Irish pub.
She said: “I have been on the road since I was 18 years old and I now want to be there for my kids and step out of the rat race. Paul and I spotted an opportunity and went for it.
“The reaction has been amazing but we know the hard work only begins now.
“I know from working within the industry how difficult things are for publicans and I think about that a lot.
“But I feel people who want to drink or have a party at home are going to do that anyway. The pop-up pub will give them the luxury of thinking they are in a pub but being able to drink at supermarket prices.”
The inflatable pub has a standing capacity of 80 and enough furniture for 20 people to site. Caitriona also provides lighting, bar, optics and taps. However, the booze will be provided by the party host.
Caitriona said: “Customers can then add to the package by including extra seating, refrigeration, extra marquee, lighting, a DJ or a dance floor.
“We will also begin catering for children’s parties with a ‘party hut’ where houses are spared mess and kids have their own party venue in their back garden.”
The pub will cost €300 per day to hire. For more information, visit Caitriona’s Facebook Page