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Here's what the giant new Wetherspoons in Blanchardstown looks like inside

The pub opens today.

Source: Conor McCabe

WETHERSPOONS’ LATEST IRISH outlet will open in Blanchardstown today, on the site of the former Light nightclub.

It’s a large building over two floors, with two bars and a beer garden:

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Like other Wetherspoons outlets, the pub will open from 8am daily – before it is allowed to begin serving alcohol. Until the licence begins at 10.30am, it will serve breakfast and coffee.

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Also like other outlets in the chain, it will have wine on tap…

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… and various local and craft beers.

Source: Conor McCabe

It won’t serve Guinness or Heineken, after well-publicised rows with distributors over the chain’s low prices which at one point saw Wetherspoon pull Heineken products from every single one of its 900-plus UK branches.

(A deal was later reached which saw the beer reinstated – but not in Ireland.)

The company’s Irish expansion has seen a mixed reception, with some hailing its low prices as a welcome influence on the market here. Others have expressed fear that the chain will undermine long-established local pubs.

George Collins, manager of the Great Wood, said: “Myself and my team are looking forward to welcoming customers into the pub and we are confident that it will be a great addition to the Blanchardstown community.”

More: Here’s the full list of prices for Wetherspoon’s Irish pubs>

More: ‘Irish pubs need lower prices to survive’: Wetherspoon’s boss gives his take on boozers>

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