Top of the Coom characters set for BBC debut

The highest pub in Ireland will feature tonight on BBC’s comedy quiz show Have I Got News For You.

A video to mark the re-opening of the pub has become a viral hit on the Irish Examiner’s YouTube channel.

As Eoin English reports in today’s

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Irish Examiner, the pub is located in a scenic mountainous area between Kilgarvan, Co Kerry, and Coolea, Co Cork.

It is more than 1,000ft above sea level, and the Creedon family owners claim it is Ireland’s highest pub, which they say has been confirmed by 2007’s Ordinance Survey.

It was burned to the ground in May 2012, with fifth-generation owners Tim and Eileen Creedon and their four children, who lived over the premises, losing all their possessions.

In the video, the Irish Examiner’s Dan Linehan asks some regulars what the re-opening of the pub meant to them.

“It means a pile, because I hadn’t a drink for the last two years,” laughs Dan.

Joe mischievously says the lads have a stack of money saved since the pub closed, and now they have to spend it. He adds it means the locals have a meeting point again to keep up their traditions of singing and dancing.

* Have I Got News For You screens at 9pm tonight

By Jill O'Sullivan

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