McGettigan’s Irish Pub: 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 and come back home to Donegal and soon Limerick.
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 & drink, 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. It hosted 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 opens in Letterkenny, County Donegal.
Jim and Dennis McGettigan see 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 expanding globally now as a brand and only recently 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 8th 2014. Dennis McGettigan saw the demand for the pub in Abu Dhabi as a result of 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 total, there are 7 McGettigan’s Pubs in Europe and the Middle East by the start of June 2014 located in Dublin, Letterkenny, Limerick, Abu Dhabi and 3 in Dubai at Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai World Trade Centre and Dubai International Airport.
In total the McGettigan’s pub group employs over 250 staff members and with further expansion planned for 2014 and 2015, this figure is set to increase massively.
McGettigan’s – proud history, bright future
Address: Jumeirah Lakes Towers, 37246 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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General Manager: Alan Murray
Payment Methods: Visa, American Express and Mastercard
Services: Walk-ins welcome, Good for groups or parties, Table service and Outdoor seating
Specialities: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Drinks