Pub veteran plans to make the Kestrel fly

Michael McGowan got out of the pub trade during the boom years, but when the Kestrel House in Walkinstown came on the market, he knew it was time to get back in, writes Gavin Daly.

4th December, 2011
Pub veteran plans to make the Kestrel fly
Michael McGowan, new owner of the Kestrel House: 'I thought, this is the one' Photo: Tony O'Shea

In an economic bust that has created few winners, Michael McGowan could certainly be seen as one of the lucky ones. A third-generation publican, McGowan got out of the pub trade during the boom years, netting a tidy windfall before the property market and the economy imploded. Now, a month short of his 60th birthday, he is back in business with the purchase of the Kestrel House pub in Dublin for a fraction of its...

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