Formerly The Hayloft, popular pub is under new management
“It’s just a fun name – and it’s certainly caused quite a stir!” So said Nicola McMahon when we asked the county’s newest publican how she came up with the name of the cosy pub in Strokestown that she has recently taken over!
It was previously known as ‘The Hayloft’, but the popular pub on Bridge Street, Strokestown has now been renamed ‘The Tipsy Bird’. The new proprietor is Nicola McMahon. A native of Co. Tyrone, Nicola has very strong Co. Roscommon links.
Nicola’s mother Geraldine is a native of Hillstreet and she has many relations living in the Strokestown area. And Nicola’s partner, Alan Casey, is a native of Scramogue.
As for that unusual name over the door, Nicola explains: “It’s a fun name. What Alan and I actually did was…we wrote out a long list of names, then sent them to family and friends, and asked everyone to select their top two! I actually liked ‘The Hangover’, but in the end we went for ‘The Tipsy Bird’. The locals certainly seem to like it!”
Nicola took over the reins of the pub on St. Patrick’s Weekend, with the official opening being held last Friday night. The most recent proprietors were Gerry and Marilyn Kennedy.
It’s a challenging time in the pub trade, but Nicola is delighted with business so far. “The first couple of months have been great. We’ve received great support from local people”.
It helps that The Tipsy Bird is so centrally located and that it is such a welcoming and intimate venue. The pub has always had a lovely warm atmosphere and is a cosy and inviting premises. It’s ideal for a quick drink and chat, or indeed for a relaxing evening amongst friends. There will be live music on a regular basis and there’s pool and darts too. The Tipsy Bird is available to host parties, from 21sts to anniversary celebrations, etc.
Nicola is really looking forward to a busy summer. “It was Gerry Kennedy who asked if I’d be interested in taking over the pub, and we’re really happy with how it’s going. My parents owned a pub about 25 years ago, and I’ve worked in many pubs, so I guess that’s where the interest stems from. Strokestown is a lovely town with great people and we’re looking forward to many happy times at The Tipsy Bird!”