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)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

11 August 2014
'Highest Pub In Ireland' Reopens
A pub on the Glenshane Pass known as the highest in Ireland has been officially opened today following refurbishment. Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today cut the ribbon to officially open the newly refurbished Ponderosa bar. Planning permission was granted in May for conversion and extensions to the famous pub and restaurant.
19 November 2020
Birmingham Pub Bombing Arrest 'Significant Step For Victims'
The arrest of man in Belfast in connection with the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings has been welcomed as a "very significant step for the victims". Welcoming the news DUP South Belfast MLA Christopher Stalford, said: "This is a very significant step for the victims. I remember when the families came to meet the then First Minister in 2013.
18 November 2020
65-Year-Old Man Arrested In Connection With Birmingham Pub Bombings
A 65-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings. Twenty one people were killed and some 220 people injured when bombs exploded at the Mulberry Bush and the Tavern in the Town on the night of 21 November, 1974.
03 December 2019
New Leisure Centres Open In Belfast
Two new leisure centres are opening to the public of Belfast this week. Brook Leisure Centre in Twinbrook, west Belfast and Lisnasharragh in east Belfast have brought a host of brand new sporting facilities to the city, including the biggest swimming pool in Belfast at the site of the former Robinson Centre that opened on Monday.
21 April 2021
New IRA Blamed For Bomb On Police Officer And Daughter
The PSNI have blamed the New IRA for putting a viable explosive device at a police officer's car beside where her three-year-old daughter sits in L'Derry. An investigation has launched after a bomb was left at the rear door of her car in Dungiven.