Several weeks of hard graft have paid off for members of the Pride in Drumshanbo (PID) group with the completion of a dramatic facelift and tidy up for one derelict pub, which has now, aptly and humorously, been christened ‘The Pride Inn’.
The unloved building on High Street was is desperate need of some TLC the fact it had been mentioned negatively in the last few Tidy Towns adjudication reports meant that the PID committee wanted to do something about it!
After learning the building was not going to receive any investment due to the tougher economic times, PID, with the permission of the owner, decided to give the place a face lift by boarding up windows and doors, giving the front facade a lick of paint and introducing some creative artwork reminiscent of a traditional irish pub window - in keeping with the towns musical hertage with various items painted in place.
A fiddle, mandolin, tin whistle, Bodrahn along wth other associated items can be seen as part of the design and the ‘front door’ has been cleverly painted ajar with musical notes meandering out with most people having to look twice as they walk past.
Big thanks go out to not just the hardworking members of PID, but also to Davy Gascoign, an artist friend who volunteered his time, working a magic transformation of this building.
Chairperson of the PID, Steve Stead said: “We really enjoyed the project it was great fun, we’re delighted and more than pleased with the way it turned out and the positive comments given as people walked past. We hope it adds to the good work PID do voluntarily around the town and gives us a better chance in scoring higher in this year’s Tidy Towns competition.”
Thank you also goes out to local company, The Sign Warehouse, who kindly donated ‘The Pride Inn’ sign now in place.