Bus set to drive pub’s summer fun

Jerry Fish, Tomm Moore of Cartoon Saloon, Grum Gallagher of the Jerry Fish band, John Kiley (The Kilo) and Liz Aspden of The Freakles gathered in Billy Byrne’s pub on Friday morning to launch the John Street pub’s latest attraction, the Bula Bus.

Jerry Fish, Tomm Moore of Cartoon Saloon, Grum Gallagher of the Jerry Fish band, John Kiley (The Kilo) and Liz Aspden of The Freakles gathered in Billy Byrne’s pub on Friday morning to launch the John Street pub’s latest attraction, the Bula Bus.

The Bula Bus’s owner and head chef, Padraic (Podge) Meade, says he intends to give Kilkenny people a taste of all things wonderful throughout the summer.

“It’s going to be great fun and we are promising authentic style street food from all over the world including Mexican, Indian, Chinese and our very own John Street food special.”

The Bula Bus will be open every Saturday and for all the larger events the venue will be running throughout the summer. It will also be available for private parties.

Some of Ireland’s top upcoming acts have played in the pub over the last two years – including The Kanyu Tree, I Draw Slow, David Kitt, The Fox Jaw Bounty Hunters – and plans to extend the listings are under way.

“We are trying to create something more than just a bar here,” proprietor Willie Byrne says of the pub’s weekly Taco Tuesdays, mid-week movie Wednesdays and Fajita Fridays.

“We want to offer Kilkenny people and visitors a place to come and enjoy fantastic music from some of our finest musicians along with some top acts we plan to showcase in the new marquee that has a capacity of 200-plus and our resident DJ John Kiley every Saturday.”

The introduction of the 200-capacity marquee at the rear of the venue will see performances take place during the summer months along with live music on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the Magnier Terrace.