The popular pub, which was the only pub in Kilmacanogue, had been at the heart of the village’s community since it was first established in 1822 as The Kilmacanogue Hotel.
In fact, over 200 years old, it is two years older than the beautiful church that looms above it.
Taking its name from its very first manager, John Pluck, Pluck’s has been a place to meet up, watch the match, have dinner, and of course – drink a pint with friends and family. For all this time it has been at the heart of the Kilmac community and a right of passage for everyone who lives there.
It’s last owner, Caroline and Shane MacNamara have been leasing the pub since 2018, but with the lease running out shortly, the two are forced to vacata the premises and leave it free of all stock.
Fears have been experessed as to the future of the village once Pluck’s closes its doors for the last time, wih many well-attended community “save our village” meetings taking place with visitors like Cllr. Rory O’Connor and Cllr. Melanie Morrigan.
Committee member Colm Mulligan had this to say : “We don’t know what is going to happen to the building once Pluck’s is gone. We wrote to Aspenwood Holdings Limited about their future plans for the building but we haven’t received any replies. This is another huge kick in the teeth for the local community. This community is gone if the pub and lounge is lost as it’s the focal point for all gatherings and fundraising. Without it we have nothing left.
“The village was split by the N11 upgrade, we lost our post office and if we lose the pub as well then the village will only consist of a church and two garages.”
However, it’s not all doom and gloom, as Pluck’s are tonight having one last commuity blast with raffles for hampers and goodies all night and fundraising to go back into the local community. Tickets are €4 per person or €20 for a book of 5. There will also be a presentation from Glencormac Soccer Club.