International Bar will reopen soon says owner

Shutters down at the International Bar
Shutters down at the International Bar

Lottery winner and owner of The International Bar Peter Lavery has vowed it will be reopening very soon.

The bar closed suddenly almost two weeks ago without explanation with Mr Lavery saying he can’t comment on why it had closed.

It had been opened by Mr Lavery with a VIP flourish early last December and boasted a host of local talent and entertainment.

However its sudden closure almost two weeks ago prompted speculation about its future.

Speaking to the Lurgan Mail, owner Mr Lavery said he was unable to comment about the closure but he revealed that it would be reopening in the near future.

Irish League footballer Conor Hagan teamed up with his mother Imelda to run the International Bar which had been bought by Mr Lavery late last year.

The 30-year-old Glenavon player and his mum claimed to have big plans for the bar with live bands and comedy nights.

The duo also held major competitions such as the opportunity each week of winning a free holiday to Spain in a drive to bring in punters. The sign boasting the holiday giveaways to Majorca is still draped above the closed shutters.

Mr Hagan also started a golf society from the International Bar. The pub was promoted as a live sports bar.

When it first opened Imelda said: “We are trying to bring back a little fun to our town.”

When contacted by the Mail, Conor Hagan refused to comment and directed us towards his mother.

However the Mail telephoned Imelda Hagan on a number of occasions and received no reply.