A fire gutted Charlie’s Bar on Athlone’s Dublin Road recently.
It’s not a venue I’d frequented myself – but being close to Athlone IT ensured it’s popularity among the student cohort.
Having only re-opened after COVID, this is a blow to the staff, owners & clientele of the establishment.
Pledged to re-build, Charlie’s joins another pair of bars in Athlone that unfortunately also went up in flames & sadly are no more.
O’Neill’s Bar in the centre of town spectacularly burnt down during the big freeze of 2010. All that remains is a vacant plot.
The Dell – a popular music venue in the 1970’s – faced a similar fate & was eventually bull-dozed into a new road scheme.
While too early to predict Charlie’s future – I worry Athlone has lost another bar.