However, it’s not all doom and gloom in beautiful Bury. Oh no. There’s a new and exciting kid on the block. The former O’Neill’s on Silver St has been purchased by the Stonegate Pub Company and, along with eight other former O’Neill’s; it has had a complete makeover.
Given all that, it was interesting to see what Ian Payne, chairman of Stonegate Pub Company had to say about their plans: “We’re bringing the next generation of Irish bars to the high street by taking the best of O’Neill’s and adding our own magic.”
So welcome to Molloys, which we are told will offer a "truly authentic Irish offering on the high street.” Now that’s clever. Rebranding an Oirish bar as an Oirish bar. These guys should really be working for the government.
Some churlish people have claimed that this new Oirish bar bears an uncanny resemblance to the old Oirish bar. But let’s put the record straight. This one is called Molloys. And it’s been painted. Any other resemblance is purely coincidental.