Fire destroys well known furniture store in Dromkeen

Firefighters are still at the scene. FILE PHOTO
Firefighters are still at the scene. FILE PHOTO

A fire has gutted a well known furniture store in Dromkeen, county Limerick, once home to the famous Oyster Ballroom.

The fire at the Furniture Man store in the village broke out in the early hours of Sunday morning, with up to ten units of Limerick Fire and Rescue Service - and others from Tipperary and Newport - still in attendance at the scene.

The fire service got a call to attend the scene at 3.20am and were still in Dromkeen as of 9.30am this morning. The road is currently closed in both directions.

Gardai are asking motorists to follow the diversions in place.

The 30,000sq ft building was home to the Oyster Ballroom in the 1960s playing host toJim Reeves and all of the top show bands of the era.

It was built by Packie Hayes in 1958 and was, at the time of its construction, was the largest ballroom in the south of Ireland.

According to the Furniture Man website, the business has been in operation for the past 21 years and run by the McEochaigh brothers with a family tradition in cart making dating back 150 years.

Gardaí at Bruff said the cause of the fire is as yet unknown.