Historic pub damaged by fire

FIRE brigades from Tullamore, Birr and Ferbane succeeded in saving one of Offaly’s few remaining traditional thatched pubs last week when Dan & Molly’s pub in Ballyboy went on fire.

FIRE brigades from Tullamore, Birr and Ferbane succeeded in saving one of Offaly’s few remaining traditional thatched pubs last week when Dan & Molly’s pub in Ballyboy went on fire.

On Tuesday evening of last week, April 12 the fire broke out at 6.30pm on the thatched roof of the building which dates back to 1800.

The firefighters managed to stop the fire spreading by working tirelessly for hours stripping it back and injecting foam directly into the thatch which is four feet in places, in a bid to halt the flames. Over 40% of the roof was saved as a result with a complete section of the thatch at the rear of the premises being removed by hand by the fire service who stayed at the scene until 2.30am.

Last weekend the owners took to the web through their Facebook page to thank the fire service and local people who assisted in ensuring the damage was not worse. They also vowed that Dan & Molly’s will be back.