The Grove Bar situated on the Connacht side of Athlone suffered intensive fire damage after the nearby chip shop erupted in flames.
The inferno quickly spread along a number of businesses sharing a common roof & engulfed a bookies shop, the chip shop itself, a Carry Out Off Licence & the Grove Bar too.
Firefighters worked to quell the flames from spreading to the nearby Texaco petrol filling station.
At the time of writing all the businesses affected have lost their premises & it will be sometime before they can re-establish themselves either on the same site or at another location.
Charlies Bar on the east side of town Athlone was also destroyed by fire – but planning permission is already being sought to rebuild.
Video of the Grove fire can be viewed courtesy local newspaper Westmeath Independent here.
All images authors own.
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.