From their Facebook:
The shop at Regan’s of Clonboo will close this Sunday evening, the 9th April, until later in the summer of 2023 while works are undertaken on the premises.
The new management of Regan’s want to take this opportunity to wish Miko and Eileen well as they retire on Easter Sunday and to acknowledge the decades of service and professionalism they, and all of the Regan family, have given Annaghdown, Corrandulla and beyond.
Regans was always more than just a shop and pub, it was a landmark business which they single handly carved out as a must visit location on the map for anyone living in, or travelling through, North Galway.
For those of us who grew up in the area, Regan’s was one of the main hubs of the parish. I remember cycling to the shop as a child where Eilleen would always be busily working away and offering up the latest fairs, congregating with friends on the benches out the back on a Friday or Saturday evening after visiting both the shop and Tommy Brennan’s chipper out front, and later being in a packed bar for football matches and events on many occasions as a teenager when Sky Sports was a complete luxury that you simply wouldn’t get at home.
I still vividly remember Regan’s being thronged to the doors when Steve Collins beat Chris Eubank for the WBO title and being mesmerised by the atmosphere and high spirits that filled it. It was also the “go to” place for dances and music over the years, and standing room only applied during race week and christmas holidays. Miko and Eileen attracted many big name musicians and bands to Regan’s over the years, and I even remember Richie Kavanagh and his “aon facial eile” filling the lounge when he was at the height of his fame!!!
It’s also important to acknowledge that Miko and Eileen have also generously and repeatedly supported clubs and societies throughout the locality over the years, whether it be buying a set of jerseys, sponsoring community facilities or holding fundraising events in Regan’s. In recent times, they have continued to support Galway Hospice through the coffee mornings held in Regans, and have never been found wanting when help or support was needed.
While we are certainly excited to be getting to grips with a new direction and challenge at Regan’s, we are conscious that we are merely custodians of the foundation that Miko, Eileen and family have built in Clonboo over the years.
If you’re in the Clonboo area over the weekend, please pop in to the shop to wish them well, and we look forward to welcoming Miko, Eileen and all of you back to the Bar and Lounge in a few weeks time to celebrate not only our reopening, but also their long and successful careers at Regans of Clonboo.
Fiona & James Charity