Iconic west Kildare pub, Dag Welds, in receivership

Dag Welds.
An iconic rural West Kildare pub with links to one of the county’s most prominent families has been placed in receivership.

An iconic rural West Kildare pub with links to one of the county’s most prominent families has been placed in receivership.

Dag Welds, located at what is formally known as Blackwood Cross, but informally known simply as ‘Dags’ closed its doors some weeks ago.

The company behind the pub, Blackwood Taverns, lodged documents with the Company Registration Office on September 23 indicating the appointment of a receiver to the company.

Dag Welds was established by the owner of the same name, Dag (David) Weld - a relative of county councillors Brendan and the late Charlie.

The horse trainer Dermot Weld is another relative.

However, the pub has not been in the ownership of the Weld family for many years. It has had numerous owners in the past few decades.

The pub served customers from a large hinterland for many years, being the only watering hole from Allenwood and Prosperous.

It mainly attracted customers from rural Blackwood, Coolree and Coill Dubh.

The establishment of bar facilities at Woodlands Golf Club on the outskirts of Coill Dubh, took some business but that company has had its own problems, having gone into receivership during the summer.

In the mid 1980s a section of the pub burned down after a fire started during a busy nigh but an extension was built in recent years as management sought to diversify into pub grub.

The pub also featured in the famous film ‘Eat the Peach’ which was shot there and in nearby Lullymore and featured a’wheel of death’.

A receiver’s role is to sell assets of a troubled company so that creditors can recover money owed to them.