A Donegal Co. Councillor known to all his friends as “the grandfather of the chamber” is all set to embark on a new venture in the far off Islands of Gran Canaria.
Cllr. Sean McEniff who already has a holiday home in the bustling resort of Puerto Rico has recently purchased “Scruffy Murphy’s” in the centre of the resort and is about to put his own imprint on the already thriving pub.
Speaking to the Donegal Democrat, Cllr. McEniff said, “Over the years I have always been keeping an eye on this pub - it is by far the most successful pub in the resort and when it came on the market I just couldn’t resist it.
“I will be changing very little - my attitude has always been, ‘if its not broken don’t fix it’. I will however, change the name and call it simply ‘McEniff’s’.
“The music and the genuine Irish craic will continue and hopefully I can create a few jobs for some Donegal people looking for a life in the sun.
“I have heard rumours that there are people from Donegal Town involved in this business venture but this is totally untrue - the only Donegal connection will be the many customers from the county who will drop in and give us a turn.”
McEniff who is affectionately known as “Johnny Walker” in the resort - not for any love of the product of that name but for his twice daily long walks along the coast is looking forward to his new challenge and is presently redecorating the pub in traditional Irish fashion with his opening date set for mid - March.
He added, “This will not just be a place where I can sit back and enjoy a few free drinks - people who know me are well aware that I pay for all my drinks in our hotels - it will be a professional operation where hopefully people will really enjoy themselves.
“I have employed the well known Tommy Tucker who has been running Dicey Reilly’s on the island and I know that he will bring a lot to the operation.
“I suppose my next challenge now is to learn those all important few words of Spanish and maybe a few Irish ballads just in case they ask the boss for a few bars!” he joked.