ONE of Clonakilty's most beloved restaurants is to shut its doors after 16 years of business.
Deasy’s Bar, located in Ring Village took to Facebook to make the announcement saying:
"After 16 amazing years, we have decided that this will have been our last summer in Deasy’s."
The Michelin-rated pub thanked their customers for their continued support and said they are looking forward to an enjoyable final few months:
"It’s not over yet, we will be here until the end of the year for anyone who wants to make more memories with us.
"We look forward to welcoming you all to Deasy’s over the next months.
"We will try to make them our best yet!"
Deasy's Restaurant was established by a local family in Clonakilty, the Blackwells, who also own the highly popular DeBarra’s Folk Club.
Speaking about the closure, Deasy's Head Chef, Caitlin Ruth told:
"We've been working 16 years flat out and it's very demanding.
"Staff members at Deasy's have personal commitments to meet and we're keen to end on a high.
"It's been an incredible experience and a pleasure to work with such amazing people."
New Year's Eve will be the last night Deasy's will open and Caitlin says exciting plans are in the pipeline.
"We haven't finalised the menu yet, but New Year's Eve is going to be a big one!"
"It seems kind of fitting to close on December 31, as New Year's has always been a special night at Deasy's", she continued.
Deasy's changes up their menu almost every day, but at the heart of every dish is local produce.
This strong community spirit is part of Clonakilty's charm and is what makes working in Deasy's so special, Caitlin says.
"We've built a great rapport with local food producers.
"There's a symbiotic relationship there where we support them and they support us."
Whilst Deasy's has won numerous accolades over the course of its 16 years in business, making McKenna's 100 Best Restaurants in 2012 was a real highlight for the Head Chef.
"I've had a copy of the McKenna guide since it was first published in 1994.
"For me, as a chef, it was something that I always dreamed about being included in", Caitlin said.
Residents in West Cork expressed their sadness following the news of the closure and this is evidently reciprocal.
"We will miss our customers greatly", Caitlin told.
"The summer season at Deasy's is always very busy, with an influx of tourists in West Cork.
"A number of these people return year after year to our establishment, but it's the local people who really sustain the business in wintertime.
"We'd like to sincerely thank them for that."