Since the cancellation of Westfest this year, the town of Newcastle West has experienced a definitive lull throughout the month of September. The event, which started out as a local festival, had grown to a national festival, drawing in people from all over the country and beyond. Headliners such as the Coronas, Walking on Cars, Hudson-Taylor and The High Kings brought in great tourism for the town and community. The announcement of its conclusion caused a great deal of surprise and disappointment as the reason was deemed to be funding issues. However, in spite of this loss, the town has a new and exciting bar which has welcomed a new lease of life to the nightlife of the town.
The Whelan family has held a high role in the pub scene of Newcastle West for the best part of four decades. Pat Whelan, the patriarch of the Whelan family, ran a highly successful bar known locally as Small Pat’s for dozens of years. Since earlier this year, Pat’s son, Gearoid, has been managing a new bar, Whelan’s Bar and D’Terrace Gardens.
The family behind the name never had an issue in garnering a crowd, their reputation withstands time. The unique aspects of Gearoid’s new bar are that it attracts both the younger and the more mature generation. There is a cool atmosphere in Whelan’s. It bears both a stylish vibe with live music every weekend as well as a traditional one with sports matches during Saturdays and Sundays.
Sports is clearly very important to the Whelan family. Adorned on the beer garden walls are paintings of rugby, golf, football, hurling and soccer stars. The bar never misses its chance to show any match live, as it draws it a large crowd. During the daytime hours, the bar also serves soup and sandwiches to their customers.
Music, like sport, is an integral aspect of the bar’s essence. Three nights of the weekend a dedicated to showcasing live performances from acts both local and from further afield. The live music gives the talented musicians and singers of the community a stage to perform and develop as performers. this is the only pub in the town that offers live music every night of the weekend, and it’s good music too.
Whelan’s Bar and D’Terrace Gardens, like its predecessor, Small Pat’s, is sure to remain and in the community for decades to come. Overall, the early success of the pub this year is sure to transpire to the next. The new bar is welcome to the town as it has reinvigorated the nightlife of Newcastle West. Call in for a pint or a bowl of soup and enjoy the atmosphere.