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26th May 2022

Popular Blarney pub badly damaged by fire

Fiona Frawley

Waterloo Inn pub in Blarney with visible fire damage, fire brigade parked outside

A forensic investigation to determine the cause is underway.

A fire broke out in the early hours of this morning at the popular Waterloo Inn pub in Blarney, causing serious damage to the business.

According to the Irish Examiner, the alarm was raised at about 4.40am when smoke was seen billowing from the top floor of the pub. Cork City Fire Service attended the early morning fire to put out the flames, but the blaze is said to have resulted in extensive damage to the building, particularly to the upper floor areas.

A forensic examination of the scene got underway this morning to determine the cause of the fire. Cork City Fire Service Officer Gerry Myers told The Echo that it’s suspected the fire was caused by an electrical overload, but it will ultimately be up to the Gardaí to investigate the cause.

In a post on Facebook, the Waterloo Inn team said they will be “closed until further notice due to an overnight fire on the premises”, adding that they would be in contact with anyone with an upcoming booking.

The Waterloo Inn had reopened in 2019 under new management after closing in 2017, undergoing huge refurbishment at the time.
Header image via The Examiner