A tiny garage on the shores of Lake Huron has turned into a pub just outside of Dublin.
Toronto-based Kieron Daly, who moved to the city from Ireland 20 years ago, is one of the few city dwellers lucky enough to own a cottage.
About a three hour drive from town on Southampton Beach, the cottage is nothing special. It is just two small two bedroom bedrooms about 10 minutes from the water.
But Daly, who works as a production manager for a sign company in Etobicoke, has given Irish treatment to his old dump that is attached to his short vacation.
Daly has been working on his personal pub called The Celt for almost two years. He finished it right before the pandemic broke out last year and it couldn’t have been completed at a better time.
It started with an old wooden bar from a watering hole north of town that Daly bought for only $ 125 on Kijiji. The design only escalated from there.
“When people figure out what you’re doing, they give you things,” says Daly.
He soon received details such as old English taps, relics from his brother’s old antique shop in Dublin, and Guinness paraphernalia.
The most impressive features, however, are the floor, ceiling, and garage doors. The bar is decorated with cobblestone ceilings and Celtic-inspired tiles – printed from real photos, of course, thanks to Daly’s work in the printing industry.
The garage door illusion makes it look like you’re peeking through a dimly lit basement at barrels of alcohol, a print that Daly said “took about eight and a half hours and a few pints”.
With the second straight St. Patrick’s Day ruined by the lockdown, Daly says it was especially tough. Before the pandemic, he had up to 40 guests at a meeting.
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As a member of the pop and alt rock band Brazen Angelz, The Celt also played a lot of live music, as is the true spirit of any Irish pub.
It’s just a passion project for Daly and his wife these days as they wait for better days after the lockdown.
“My cottage is just a little two bedroom cottage but the whole idea of having the pub there is just amazing, it’s a getaway,” says Daly.
“I feel like I went back and visited the family. I usually pull out my laptop and pull it out on Zoom and they know I’m behind the bar and have some beers. It’s kind of cool.”
When the weather is better, Daly has visions for an outdoor area. He works on a patio with a hatch that opens from The Celt to serve an optimal beer and the obligatory Guinness umbrellas to go with it.