The Leopardstown Inn – winner of the Best Community Pub in Ireland in the 2017 Irish Pubs Global Awards – is a long-established part of the community in South Dublin, situated near the Leopardstown Racecourse.
In 2015, the pub was acquired by the Loyola Group and underwent a fresh and modern refurbishment, showcasing a refreshing new look while also striving to maintain the family-friendly atmosphere that has welcomed locals and visitors alike for decades. Known to regulars as “The Lep”, the pub strives to maintain strong relationships with residents and organisations in the surrounding area, supporting local initiatives and running various charity events.
The Lep Inn has a long history and association with the LauraLynn Childen’s Hospice, partering with the charity on three events annually; ‘Light up LauraLynn’ every November, when the Christmas lights are turned on, a Family Christmas Party in December and an annual Summer Party. The children are the focus of each of the events, and specialty drinks and dishes are created for the occasion with this in mind. Significant proceeds are also raised for the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland as the pub hosts an ‘Alzheimer’s Tea Day’ each May.
The Lep Inn also supports various sports clubs including YMCA Hockey Club and Kilmacud Crokes GAA, and have recently sponsored a memorial bench at their neighbouring Leopardstown Tennis Club, in memory of deceased members.
Speaking on what it means to be a great community pub, Stephen Cooney of the Loyola Group commented “We are delighted to be actively involved in the Leopardstown community as it is our loyal customers and the atmosphere they bring to The Lep that make this a truly special pub.”
To find out more about the Leopardstown Inn, visit http://leopardstowninn.ie.