CHANGING HANDS The iconic Ted Lavelle’s public house on Achill Island. Pic: Michael McLaughlin
It was the end of an era, and the start of another one, in Achill last week after the iconic Ted Lavelle’s pub in Cashel changed hands.
On St Patrick’s Day in 1951, Ted Lavelle took ownership of what was known as Fadian’s pub and store in Cashel and over the decades turned it into one of the most iconic hostelries on the island.
The Lavelles’ 68-year association with the pub, located in the heart of Achill, came to an end last Thursday night with Achill native Joe Fadian taking on the mantle as the new landlord of the pub.
Family, neighbours and friends gathered in large numbers in Ted Lavelle’s on Thursday night for a night of reminiscing and celebration and to show their appreciation to the Lavelle family for their long association with the community.
Since 1951, Ted Lavelle’s was a focal point for the Cashel, Saula and Bunnacurry communities and a place where many milestones from birthdays to engagements to births, deaths and marriages were celebrated.
The pub had a long association with the famous St Vincent’s Scanlon Cup football team and many a victory was celebrated afterwards in the pub, as well as sorrows drowned after defeats.
Along with his wife Celia and family, Ted Lavelle built up the business which also included a grocery and petrol pumps and a garage. Over the decades many young people in the community served their apprenticeship behind the bar and many former staff recalled fond memories of working in Ted’s and of the many characters who frequented the pub through the years.
Following the death of Ted Lavelle in the 1990s, his daughter Celine and her family took over the running of the pub and continued on the success started by her father. Ted’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were in attendance on Thursday night and Celine thanked all her neighbours for given the family so many good memories.
“We are grateful for your presence, not just tonight, but for all the times you have been with us since 1951. There is nothing but gratitude in my heart for everyone; my family, our neighbours and our staff and everyone who contributed to the life here in Ted’s. You were with us in the good times and in bad and the community were always together with us. We have been blessed to serve the community like this,” she said.
While it was an end of one era, Celine added that it was the start of a new one and she wished Joe Fadian and his family ‘every blessing and success in their time here as well’.
The purchase of Ted’s by Joe Fadian, a native of Bunnacurry, was warmly welcomed in the community and he was wished every success when he took over the bar on Friday. Joe is the owner of the Castlebar-based Casco Construction Ltd and is married to Deirdre and has three daughters.