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Dianne Bourne & Joel Leaver

Inside the 'cosy' Irish bar D13 run by Shane Lynch - which boasts epic Guinness Garden

Shane Lynch may be known for his singing career but in more recent years he has ventured into hospitality, having opened abar in his new home county of Cheshire last year.

The performer, 45, and his wife Sheena Lynch, 42, launched their own Irish bar called D13 in market town Knutsford almost a year ago - opening it amid the Covid pandemic.

The business - named after the postcode in Dublin where Shane grew up - celebrated its first St. Patrick's Day last week, with the occasion having been marked in style!

It saw his family and friends toast the celebration in the outdoor 'Guinness Garden' and there was a special wooden spray paint wall put up at the site for customers to mark.

Nathan Gerhold, Sheena Lynch and Shane Lynch own Irish bar D13 (MEN)

The "boutique bar" - owned by the couple and their friend Nathan Gerhold - centres around a 300-year-old building in the market town, as reported by the Manchester Evening News.

They have transformed the interiors of the building - which is spread across three levels - to take guests on a journey from "traditional to modern Ireland" when they visit.

It featured a graffiti as part of its St. Patrick's Day celebrations (MEN)

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The bar has a capacity of around 240 people and guests walk in to the main bar area which has traditional wood and glass lighting, before further entering the premises.

They can head towards a red booth seating area by walking across a marble-effect floor, with there a multi-level outdoor space for customers at the property as well.

Part of the bar has an old-fashioned feel (MEN)

Shane - best known as a member of Boyzone - said: "The whole idea was to go from old Ireland through to modern Ireland. [...] I don't have to be homesick anymore."

Guests are also able to visit the business' vast garden which has been painted all in black like a pint of Guinness. There's also entertainment at the popular bar.

Other areas of the premises seem more modern (MEN)

D13 welcomes a mix of live music and DJs, with Shane having said that they pride themselves on being an "open house" for musicians who want to showcase their talents.

The team behind the business are particularly proud of having received a certificate for their dry stout. Nathan said: "Guinness came over to make sure our Guinness was perfect and we got a 10/10 rating we couldn't ask for better than that."

Shane and wife Sheena opened the bar after relocating to Cheshire (MEN)

Shane and Sheena - who is a cast member on the Real Housewives of Cheshire - had long dreamed about opening their own Irish bar with their long-time friend Nathan.

It became a reality when Nathan moved to the county, with the couple - who have two children together - having already relocated to Cheshire by that point.

Shane said that they have been "really looked after" by the community in Knutsford, adding that "everyone has made [them] feel so welcome" within Cheshire.

The bar offer an outdoor garden area for visitors (MEN)

And asked about expanding the business, Shane suggested that at least for now, they are content with keeping the busy "cosy" and remaining with just the one site.

He said: "D13 is a boutique Irish bar, and in Manchester there's some big establishments there that I don't think we could compete with really. So we are happy to stay here, we can keep it cosy."

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