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Laura Colgan

Beloved Dublin pub announces major US expansion

A famous Dublin pub is set to open two locations in New York this year.

Gibney's of Malahide will open bars in Midtown and the West Village later this year. The family-run Irish pub opened in Malahide in 1937. Owner of Gibney's, Tony Gibney, said he cannot wait to open the Irish bars in New York.

He said: "We're going to New York. We have two projects there. One in Midtown and one in the West Village. We expect them to be up and running in September."

Tony said he expects to hire many of Gibney's Irish staff members to work in both New York locations.

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Speaking on Newstalk's Lunchtime Live, Tony said: "It's going to be interesting because a lot of our staff that we trained here moved to America. One or two of the people who worked with us before are getting involved.

"We've 100 young people working here (in Dublin) every week in Gibney's, 40% full-time and 60% part-time. A lot of them will go to America on J1s and so on so it's ideal to keep that buzz going.

"It also brings young, fresh people through all the time. That's how we replenish."

The family-run pub first opened in Malahide, north Dublin, in 1937. Gibney's opened a location in London, England, in 2020.

Tony said: "My grandfather bought here in 1937 and moved his son, who was in his 20s, straight in. My grandfather was in Parkgate Street and that's obviously where my father and his seven siblings were born and raised.

"They'd be very much a Dublin family. We went international a few years ago when we opened in London in Shoreditch."

Tony also said business at the Dublin pub has bounced back since the Covid-19 crisis and it remains particularly popular with US tourists.

He said: "I think everyone was a bit worried when the recession came and Covid followed, the Celtic Tiger demise followed by Covid, and a lack of staff and people getting offered better jobs.

"The reality is it's starting to come back again and the restaurants, bars and service industry business, that's all coming back. I believe it's being driven mostly by tourism.

"Tourism seems to be the big driver and people are now, again, seeing this is a job worth doing.

"Malahide has been one of the jewels in the tourism crown. It's gone from a small fishing village right up to where it is today.

"It has always had tourism from Dublin and the environs but now it's tourism from everywhere in the world as you see by the Americans being over."

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