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Tir na nOg to close again after 7-month stay at London Bridge Bar

Worship leaders sing on stage during a monthly beer and hymns gathering at the old Tir na nOg location on Blount Street on Sunday, September 7, 2014.
Worship leaders sing on stage during a monthly beer and hymns gathering at the old Tir na nOg location on Blount Street on Sunday, September 7, 2014. jhknight@newsobserver.com

Only seven months after Tir na nOg reopened next to London Bridge Pub under new ownership, the Irish pub will close again at the end of May.

The pub’s former general manager, Annie Britton-Nice, who has been in partnership with The London Bridge Pub, announced Tir na nOg’s closing on her Facebook page Monday evening. Britton-Nice said the bar will not be closed for good, but on hold while she looks for investors and a large space with a working kitchen.

“Thank you for the support you showed us within the Seven Months of our stay at 108 Hargett Street,” she said in the post.

The two pubs are around the corner from the original Tir na nOg location on Moore Square and share the same roof and garden. Known for its Premier League Soccer, Sunday session players, pub trivia and kilt night, the Irish pub was a mainstay of Raleigh’s restaurant and music scene for 18 years on South Blount Street before owner Pete Pagano decided to close it in 2015. The space is now occupied by Brewery Bhavana.

Britton-Nice held the original Tir na nOg community together through a series of Pop-Up Pub events at various venues as she tried to find a permanent home. When the new pub opened in November 2016, Britton-Nice said it would have a working kitchen by the end of the year.

There is still no kitchen, and the pub had been serving a limited menu of a few items held in warming trays. After the bar closes, Britton-Nice said she again will host pop-up Tir na nOg events while she waits.

One of the last events at the pub will be a Thursday kilt night event this week, she said.

In Britton-Nice’s post she also shared a statement from the London Bridge Pub that said it enjoyed hosting Tir na nOg, and said the space will revert back to London Bridge Pub.

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