January 2016 is firmly pencilled in the diary for Upper East Side residents….

Irish born Dónal Daly and his business partner – Martin Whelan are working round the clock to renovate their newly acquired premises, the former location of the Kinsale Tavern; an iconic Irish sports bar on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

For Daly, the opening of the pub will be the realization of a long held dream. Moving to NYC in ’98, Daly worked initially as a bond broker. “Last year, I decided it was either time to stop talking about it or do it” he said. “Creating this bar is a dream for me, but it has to be a neighbourhood place. I think we have to offer something that the neighbourhood gets and improves by.”

Interestingly, Daly used to frequent the Kinsale when he first moved over in the 90’s.

In line with the latest changes to be found at the finest Irish pubs, the menu will focus on traditional fare but also grass-fed meats and locally-produced food for lunch and dinner and brunch on the weekends.

Craft beers on tap will take precedence over the 6 global libations to be offered. Additionally, a wide range of aged whiskeys will be available – a nod of approval for the booming Irish whiskey business.

The premises has been completely gutted – with the new pub to be modeled on a classic, turn of the century Irish pub with exposed brick walls, dark oak floors and a zinc-topped bar.

The name draws its inspiration from Conor McPherson’s play bearing the same name.

In the spirit of a good neighbourhood bar and eatery, they hope to bring back as many of the Kinsale’s staff as possible and retain that same game-day vibe be it for football, soccer or rugby.

The opening of The Weir will surely be an excellent addition to Manhattan’s Irish pub community.

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