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From: Nancy Mazzeo Reeb <>
Subject: Raftery Room
Date: Wed, 17 May 2006 14:13:22 -0400

Western People Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Kiltimagh premises for auction
By: Marian Harrison

ONE of Kiltimagh’s oldest businesses is due to go under the hammer later
this summer.

The Raftery Rooms, owned by the Walsh family since its foundation in
1864, has been put up for sale by public auction but a guide price has
not yet been revealed.

The well-known business, located on the corner of Main Street and James’
Street and Circular Road in the East Mayo town, attracted visitors in
their droves during the 1980’s and early 1990’s with Kiltimagh legend,
Gerry Walsh, having a word for everyone and filling them in on their
Mayo roots.

The business, which has been run by four generations of the Walsh
family, boasts many bars including The Blue Room, The Snug, The Darts
Room and the Raftery Room Lounge and restaurant.

Also included in the sale is the N17 night club, funeral room and
extensive residential premises.

The N17 nightclub comprises numerous bars and dance floors; it has been
known as the Diamond and then the Crystal Ballroom and was host to many
of the top acts in the showband era.

A date for the public auction has not yet been set but auctioneer,
Vincent McKeon, told the Western People that it was unlikely it would be
held before the end of June.

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