Just 236 drinking years to go at famous Kildare pub

New owner for famous Roche's of Donadea pub

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Just 236 drinking years to go at famous Kildare pub

Roches of Donadea

 A spokesperson for the new owner of Kildare's famous sinking pub has said that it is due to be fully sunk in 236 years time.

Jim Roche, no relation to the previous Roche family, was speaking on behalf of the new owners of Roches’s of Donadea, at Naas District Court on April 11.

Cloudglen Ltd, with an address at Palmerstown House, Palmerstown, Dublin 20, which was set up on January 12 last by Louis Fitzgerald and James Roche, was seeking, and was granted, an ad interim transfer of the pub licence to it.

The premises, dating back to the late 1800s, is near Derryvarogue bog at Donadea.

Conal Boyce, solicitor, representing Cloudglen Ltd, said Roche’s was “a famous landmark”.

Judge Desmond Zaidan asked if this was the pub sinking into the ground. “How long has it to go?” he asked.

Jim Roche replied it would disappear in 236 years time.

Mr Roche said they took charge three to four weeks previously, of the pub, which the court heard, has a €13 million public liability insurance.

Judge Zaidan asked rhetorically if the pub had not offended any EU laws on bogs. Mr Boyce said it was “worth a visit.”

The court heard that the previous owner had been in place for seven and a half years. A famous former owner, Mrs Roche, took over in 1943.

Mr Roche said the pub has had a licence for 200 years.

Mr Boyce said the court did not hear of it much because there are no breaking of laws there.

Asked about his experience of the pub trade, Mr Roche said he has been behind a bar since the age of eight.