Irish-theme pub to open in Southport town centre

Bosses at the recently refurbished Bold Hotel are to open a new Irish-theme pub directly opposite them on Lord Street – helping to bring a derelict building back to life.

The former Mulligan’s bar on the corner of Lord Street and Union Street is currently undergoing major renovations ahead of reopening as Punch Tarmey’s on December 1st– an Irish-theme pub run by Andrew Mikhail, who also owns the Bold Hotel.

Andrew hopes his new venture be a ‘classically designed pub with a heritage throwback to owner Andrew’s  Irish great grandfather, who was a champion boxer in the early 1900s.’

Andrew said: “We are delighted to announce the acquisition of this site and the plans that we have for it. This end of Lord Street is undergoing a real resurgence due to the number and quality of bars we have down here.

“Punch  Tarmey’s  will add to that. It is going to look amazing and provide something new for the people of the area.

“I am very excited to be opening Punch Tarmey’s  as part of my development portfolio.  It means a lot to me to be able to integrate my family history and such an interesting story of my great grandfather, into an amazing pub.”


Andrew is working with one of the world’s leading specialists in Irish Pubs and Ireland’s best and award-winning pub design company to develop a new pub concept for Southport.

Andrew continued: “Punch Tarmey’s will take the best of old pub culture and integrate it with the trends of today. It marks an important step in the future of pub experiences in the Southport area and will be the first of a planned eight further sites across the North West region.” Punch Tarmey’s is named after Andrew’s great grandfather, Michael Tarmey, who came to Merseyside from Ireland in 1902 as a champion fighter.

Andrew said: “My great grandfather grew up in Balleyhornis, Ireland. He was from a very poor family and in those days when it was a widely accepted sport, he was a bare knuckle fighter in Dublin. He won a fighting tournament and  the prize was two tickets to sail to Liverpool, and the equivalent of about £250 in today’s money. Him and his 18 year old wife headed to Merseyside to start a new life.

“His life in England was spent between working down the coal pits and bare knuckle fighting. He won many tournaments and became a famous fighter – so much so that he became known as ‘Punch Tarmey’.

Mel McNally, head of Andrew’s Irish design team, said:  “We look forward to developing a classic and exciting concept for the Southport scene. The location in Southport is an exciting and thriving market and we feel it’s an excellent fit for the concept we are developing.”



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