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Carlisle woman bought pub for her 21st birthday present

When Seamus Gallagher’s daughter Bridie turned 21 he wondered what to buy her.

Bridie photo

The Irishman wanted to get her the best present ever – so he bought her a pub.

Bridie, who was unemployed at the time, is now the licensee of Gallagher’s Irish bar on Botchergate, formerly known as The Golden Lion.

Seamus, 59, who has lived in the city for 24 years, said: “Some people get a car for their 21st but Bridie got a pub. She didn’t have a job so she was over the moon. It was always my intention to retire at 60 and buy a pub and that is exactly what I’ve done.

“It gives Bridie a job and a career in the pub trade to follow.”

Gallagher’s now has a distinctive green livery outside its premises and staff wear smart emerald green polo shirts.

Mr Gallagher, who is originally from Donegal, said: “There hasn’t been an Irish bar in Carlisle since Finnegan’s Wake and so we thought why not? Irish bars are all over the UK and in Benidorm and Ibiza.”

Bridie said: “I was really shocked when dad told me he’d bought me a pub. I was in Turkey for my 21st and I wasn’t expecting anything except a card.

“It’s going well and I am enjoying being back in work. I am just getting experience at the moment and my dad is helping me.

“Since we got the keys we’ve been painting and decorating and making it nice and green and Irish.”

The pub shows Sky Sports and has pools, darts and dominoes teams.

Seamus, who lives in Currock, said: “Once Bridie gets more experience I’ll leave her to it but I’ve been helping her out a bit to start.

“We’ve taken on five bar staff and a cleaner.”

And so far the new pub seems to be going down a storm.

Seamus said: “People seem to like it. We haven’t had many of the bikers that used to go to the Golden Lion in but we have had plenty of people through the doors.”

Bridie said: “Lots of the customers pop in and say they remember me from when I was a baby and I haven’t a clue who they are.”

The pub sells a range of Irish liquor including whiskeys and pints of Caffreys and Guinness.

It is decorated with traditional Irish barrels, some of them from Dublin.

Plans are also underway for karaoke and live music and singing evenings and an extra special celebration on St Patrick’s Day next year.

“That will be a special night,” said Seamus.

The pub is open seven days a week from 10am to 2am.

Have your say

I will be staying in Carlisle this weekend and will have a few pints of Guiness in your pub.

All the best .

Harry Harrington

Posted by Harry Harrington on 21 July 2014 at 22:15

Hey Bridie, I have known and worked with you, and I know you are a determined person. I think you will do a great job, there's no doubt about that, and once everything is worked out, then I am sure that you will be very successful.

Posted by Amanda on 24 October 2011 at 12:13

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