About McGettigan’s Pubs – McGettigan’s – Proud History, Bright Future
McGettigan’s Pub was first opened in Ireland in the 1960’s, on Queen Street in Dublin by Jim McGettigan. Since that day, the business has grown from Dublin, moved to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, back home to Donegal, Limerick and Galway with further locations in Singapore, Clarke Quay and New York City.
2010 saw the very first McGettigan’s Irish Pub open its doors in Dubai at Jumeirah Lakes Towers. Eighteen short months later, the McGettigan’s story in Dubai expanded with the opening of both McGettigan’s Irish Pubs at Dubai World Trade Centre and Dubai International Airport.
Unique décor, delicious Irish food & drinks, the best Irish and international entertainment and sporting events are the ingredients that have made McGettigan’s Irish Pubs such a success in the United Arab Emirates.
McGettigan’s in Jumeirah Lakes Towers had an explosive first eighteen months, hosting major live sporting events, and featured concerts and gigs from the likes of Jason Byrne, The Coronas, Paddy Casey, Damian Dempsey, Mundy and Paul Brady. It also staged a Christmas sellout performance from multiplatinum selling UK boy band East 17.
CEO of the Bonnington and McGettigan group, Dennis McGettigan, said “It’s all about excellent food, beverages, service, entertainment and sport, mixed in with interactive feedback with our customers through social media”.
McGettigan’s proudly wears the tagline “The Modern Irish Experience”, as it reflects modern Irish food, culture, sports and music. The brand is steeped in Irish family history and is using this history and experience to bring a real flavour of Ireland to a global market.
In November 2013, McGettigan’s moved back home to the place where it all started for founder of the business, Jim McGettigan, as the award winning pub opened in Letterkenny, County Donegal.
Jim and Dennis McGettigan saw this as an extremely exciting development for the brand. Speaking about the move back to Ireland, Dennis McGettigan said,
“Over the past 3 years we feel we have represented Ireland fantastically in Dubai, we have promoted Irish music, culture and cuisine to the global Ex-Pat community in Dubai. Moving back home and investing in the area where it all started for my father is an extremely proud development for us as a family.”
McGettigan’s is now expanding globally as a brand and has opened the doors for the very first time in Abu Dhabi. McGettigan’s at the Al Raha Beach Hotel in Abu Dhabi has become an instant hit with local ex-pats and saw over 900 guests arriving to the launch night on May 2014. Dennis McGettigan spotted the demand for the pub in Abu Dhabi after speaking with guests in the Dubai pubs who told him that they happily make the journey from Abu Dhabi to Dubai by taxi, simply to have a pint of the black stuff! That taxi journey from Abu Dhabi to Dubai can take up to 1 hour, so this gives you an idea of the demand to sample the McGettigan’s experience.
In June 2014, McGettigan’s opened a brand new pub in Limerick, Ireland. The new pub opened at the Limerick City Hotel on Lower Mallow Street in the heart of Limerick’s bustling city centre.
In June 2015 we saw McGettigan’s Galway open and McGettigan’s opened in New York.
In total, there are eleven McGettigan’s Pubs across Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and America since the start of June 2015; located in Dublin, Letterkenny, Limerick, Galway, Abu Dhabi, Fujairah, Singapore, New York and 3 in Dubai at Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai World Trade Centre and Dubai International Airport.
December 2015 will see the next McGettigan’s bar opening at the Royal Hotel in Bray Co. Wicklow. This is a project very close to the family as they have been part of the Bray community for many years as owners of the Royal Hotel on the Main Street in Bray.
In total the McGettigan’s pub group employs over 300 staff members and with further expansion planned for 2015 and 2016, this figure is set to increase massively. New locations for 2016 will include London, Bahrain and further into America.
McGettigan’s – proud history, bright future