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THE Blue Anchor situated at Bellurgan Point on the shore of Dundalk Bay has been in the Keenan family for 53 years, and is presently run by Seamus Keenan and his children.

It was one of the few brewery owned – the sadly extinct Macardle Moore that is – in the area, with another the Broadway Bar in Greenore.

The premises was acquired by Seamus’s father Patrick for the princely sum of £500, and incorporated at that time a grocery section and a bar.

In decades past it held a facility to serve customers who travelled a distance outside of the normal licensing laws, and it was known for those living in Dundalk to journey out to avail of it.

The premises was the first singing pub in the Dundalk area, and Seamus remembers a time when it was an all male preserve.

The outbreak of the troubles in the North in 1969 provided a boom for the family run business – Seamus also runs the widely known family coach hire in tandem with it.

Throngs of people spilled over the border to get respite from the violence, and coupled with that no pubs opened in the North on a Sunday at that time.

The grocery is no longer there, the bar including snug hasn’t been altered to any great extent, but the crowds that packed the premises are also a thing of the past.The cosy atmosphere of this bar makes customers feel relaxed and have a nice time. The success of Blue Anchor would be impossible without the good staff. Fabulous service is something clients like here. Google users assigned the score of 4.6 to this place.