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Historic Kildare pub badly damaged in overnight fire

The Village Inn is reputed as the place where Arthur Guinness brewed his first beer.


A POPULAR BAR and restaurant in Co. Kildare has been badly damaged in a fire overnight.

The Village Inn on Main St. in Celbridge employs about 20 people and the site is reputed as the place where Arthur Guinness brewed his first beer.

The fire damaged a number of parts of the premises but a section of the bar is said to be worst affected.

Kildare Fire Service units from Leixlip and Maynooth were alerted to the blaze at about 3.30am and the fire was extinguished.

A garda investigation is now underway to establish the cause of the fire and the scene is currently preserved pending a technical examination.

At present there is nothing to suggest any suspicious circumstances surrounding the cause of the fire.

PastedImage-13092 The ground and upper floors were damaged in the fire. Source:

The pub is closed for the time being and it is expected to reopen but a timeline on this has not yet been established.

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