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30 Sept 2022

Did hip hop star will.i.am open a pub in Offaly without us knowing?

The shopfront has raised eyebrows

Did hip hop star will.i.am open a pub in Offaly without us knowing?

Did hip hop star will.i.am open a pub in Offaly without us knowing?

A Guardian article about the shopfronts of Ireland has raised eyebrows with the very famous name over the door.

The shop/lounge is one of those traditional establishments that sells everything from a pint to a spool of wool - or fishing line for that matter. Had black Eyed Peas star and Voice UK judge will.i.am bought it to retire to the idyllic Shannon-side town?

Well, we're not in luck as the building in question is of course William Lyon's in Banagher, an establishment that has graced the main street of Banagher for many years. 

READ MORE: Large number of pubs currently for sale in Offaly

The wear and tear over the years has had an effect on the signage as one of the 'L' letters has been lost to the wind and rain of West Offaly. 

So, although the jokes spreading on social media of an influx of famous faces to the pub of one will.i.am, it is all just coincidence.

Not saying, if the music producer and mega star does take a fancy to opening a traditional Irish pub in Offaly, we're aware of at least 15 of them for sale or lease in the county!

In reality, the Guardian article, if you get time to check it out, is a wonderful lament of the businesses maintaining tradition and carrying on family names and long lost staples of the past in Ireland. A number of Offaly premises made the list, including Peavoy's shop in Kinnitty and the Railway Bar in Banagher.

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