If you've ever had the pleasure of visiting one, you'll know that they are cosy, warm, intimate, welcoming, and full of the craic, but now some enterprising folk in Galway have added 'mobile' into the mix to boot...my what a time to be alive.
Much like the proverbial sow’s ear, this humdrum, work-a-day caravan has been transformed into a thing of wonder and sheer joy...Shebeen, the Irish pub on wheels. The 1980's caravan was surely not long for this world when it was purchased by John Walsh as a make-do shelter for Irish music and arts festival Electric Picnic.
Having served its humble purpose, John was unable to secure a good resale price for it and so set about making the most of bad situation by converting it into a mini Irish pub, for the Friday afternoon refreshment of him and the employees of his fit-out firm. He never imagined that his little gesture of goodwill would spark the imaginations of so many, and transform into an enterprise opportunity.
Both inside and out the Shebeen is every bit the traditional irish pub with great attention to detail and authenticity including seating for 10, fully functional bar, and even a little electric stove (safety first, of course).
So impressed were John's clients by his little pub on wheels, that rental enquiries soon began pouring in. Having already travelled to a number of weddings and other functions, John has seized upon this initial success as a platform to grow into a potentially much larger enterprise.
He has so far been commissioned to create a second Shebeen for a buyer in Boston, and having completed no market research, is tentatively hoping that his little pub, with the humblest of beginnings could become a viable, if not highly lucrative business.
It just goes to show that sometimes enterprise can flourish in the most unexpected of places.
Check out this little video below for views inside and outside the Shebeen Irish pub on wheels.
Shebeen, Mobile Irish Pub
Shebeen, Mobile Irish Pub. A quick look inside this authentic little pub on wheels!