30/05/2014

Extension Approved For 'Highest Pub In Ireland'

The self-proclaimed 'highest pub in Ireland' has been granted planning approval for a conversion and extension.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan gave the go-ahead for the works at the Ponderosa Bar in Dungiven, L'Derry.

The new facilities will include a coffee shop, a new kitchen, toilet facilities, a smoking area and relocation of its off licence.

At an altitude of over 900 feet, the Ponderosa is known as 'The Highest Pub in Ireland.' It is situated on the Glenshane Pass, which is the main road from L'Derry to Belfast and features views of the Sperrins.

Mark H Durkan said: "This is a boost for the Dungiven area and provides upgraded facilities for this tourist hotspot. The redevelopment will contribute to the retail/catering and tourist infrastructure and will provide construction jobs in the short term and local employment opportunities in the long term.

"Decisions like this support my vision for a stronger economy through the promotion of tourism."

(IT)

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