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Tidy Doffer to be rebuilt

Famous pub plans to rise from the ashes
Landlord Gerry Martin

ONE of the area's best known gastro pubs is set to rise from the ashes if planners give the go-ahead.

An application has been lodged to restore the former Tidy Doffer site in Ravarnet which was destroyed in an accidental blaze early last year.

Barrry Donaghy from Wen Inns Ltd said the company is planning to restore the site to its former glory.

He commented: "Wen Inns Ltd, a subsidiary company of The MAR Group of Companies is delighted and excited with the planning application that has been made in respect of the site at the Tidy Doffer.

"As is known, the Tidy Doffer was the largest thatched pub in Ireland and had a great reputation for quality food and service in a beautiful location.

"We aim to restore the site to its former glory and build upon the ideals that made it such a quality establishment. This is an exciting venture for the company and, with the continued success of the Doffer's sister pub in Hillsborough, The Hillside Bar & Restaurant, one that we relish and look forward to starting work proper on the site."

It is thought a spark from an open fire started the blaze In February 2008, which was brought under control by fire crews using a special foam.

Two customers and about six staff had to be evacuated.

The pub was famous for the looms and other historical artefacts from the linen industry which gave it its unique character.

At the height of the blaze a total of 10 fire appliances attended the scene. Regular pumping appliances and three specialist Fire Appliances including a water tanker, a high rise aerial appliance and the Command Support Unit where in attendance.

A spokesperson for Planning Service confirmed the application is under consideration.

The charred remains after the fire.

Ulster Star