Landmark Armoy building to be demolished for renovation

The public house in Armoy. INBM09-14
The public house in Armoy. INBM09-14

One of Armoy’s best known landmarks which has been in existence for more than one hundred years is to be demolished.

The proprietor of the public house, Mr Packie Laverty, has submitted plans to create a new top-class restaurant, replacement public house and off-licence as well as a number of apartments.

Mr Laverty says he will start work as soon as planning permission is given and expects to have the building ready at some point this year.

A renovation programme had been planned recently but work was halted after it was determined that time had taken its toll on the building.

Mr Laverty said: “We had planned to carry out major renovation work but that didn’t work out and we were left with no alternative but to re-build. Once we get planning permission we will be starting building work. The premises will have a more modern look and will provide Armoy with a facility second to none.”

It is understood that a new management team has been put in place to run the business.

The pub was originally owned by the Molloys who also had premises on the opposite side of the street where members of the family ran a very successful business including a picture house. They also had a confectionery shop and cafe and were particularly noted for their home-made ice cream drawing customers from near and far. The recipe was never made public despite requests to Tilly Molloy, and was only passed on to members of the extended family.