Shane To Open Tullamore Restaurant

Champion golfer Shane Lowry is to open a bar, restaurant and cafe in Tullamore in his home county of Offaly.

The Major winner has joined forces with his friend and business partner Alan Clancy to launch The Old Warehouse on the site of the old Tullamore Dew bonded warehouse beside the whiskey maker’s distillery. The three-storey building is beside the Grand Canal.

"Tullamore Dew decided they wanted to sell the building, and I was successful in procuring it," Alan Clancy said.

"I then brought Shane in as an investor because of his connection with Offaly and due to the fact that he is from Clara, which is only 10 miles down the road. He has a deep connection to the area and to the people of Offaly with all the work he does there and also within the GAA community in Offaly."

The venue will also be home to a room full of Lowry golf memorabilia to mark the Open Championship winner’s stellar career. A cafe named "The Copper Still" will operate on-site.

When the partners sat down to plan the venue, they were keen to pay homage to the GAA greats of the Faithful County, and Mr Clancy said there will be a GAA snug adorned with the history of Offaly’s sporting exploits. A whiskey bar will also be built within the complex to mark the history of distilling on the site.

Mr Clancy, who is from Westmeath, owns hospitality businesses throughout Ireland, including 37 Dawson Street in Dublin and House in Limerick.