Sale of Leixlip’s Salmon Leap close

The “agreed” sale of the the former Salmon Leap Inn in Leixlip has been confirmed by selling agents CBRE but contracts have not been signed, writes Henry Bauress.

The “agreed” sale of the the former Salmon Leap Inn in Leixlip has been confirmed by selling agents CBRE but contracts have not been signed, writes Henry Bauress.

The pub, closed since May 2011, and was destroyed by fire in November 2012, was recently put for sale with a possible price of about €200,000.

It is being sold by private treaty on behalf of joint receivers, Stephen Tennant and Paul McCann of Grant Thornton.

John Ryan of CBRE told the Leader this morning that said that “after a lengthy marketing process we have gone “sale agreed” on The Salmon Leap. “Unfortunately, we are unable to comment beyond this until such time as contracts have been signed, exchanged and a full deposit paid.

We had considerable interest in the property which generated many bids.”

The Salmon Leap was previously owned by John Nolan but it closed in May 2011. At the time, former Town Councillor, Pat Burke Walsh, summed up the sentiments of many when he said: “I absolutely mourn its demise.” It history stretches back to 1713. The first Arthur Guinness’s brother, Richard, leased it for a time.

There are suggestions that the potential new owners run the Merchant O’Shea Hotel in Dublin and that there are plans to have it opened by next March but this cannot be confirmed at the moment.

Recently the Receiver gave permission for the Tidy Towns volunteers to tidy it up.

The 535 sqm pub is on a site of about four-fifths of an acre in South County Dublin planning area and CBRE said it offered “considerable redevelopment opportunities subject to the necessary planning permission”.

One former customer, who did not want to be named, said they hoped the bar area would be returned to its former glory.