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Smash hit Boyzone's Shane Lynch 'couldn't serve the drinks quick enough' after opening Irish bar D13

After spending months on the refurbishment through lockdown, they’ve now been able to open the huge outdoor terrace space to customers and serve up the first pints of Guinness after the lifting of Covid restrictions in the UK.

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Shane Lynch in D13. Photo: shanelynchlife

Shane Lynch in D13. Photo: shanelynchlife

Shane Lynch in D13. Photo: shanelynchlife

Boyzone star Shane Lynch has launched his own Irish bar in the UK – and it was such a smash hit when doors opened last weekend that it ran out of booze.

Shane and his wife, Sheena, along with their long-time friend Nathan Gerhold, converted a 300-year-old building in Knutsford, Cheshire, where he now lives, into a bar called D13 - named after the postal code of Dublin’s Donaghmede where he grew up.

Lynch said that despite the fact it was a “soft” opening, the place was “jammed” with customers last Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“We definitely underestimated how many people were going to come and join us in D13,” Shane says. “It was a soft opening, we didn’t announce it. We open the doors and in that underestimation we were a little bit under staffed.

“We couldn’t serve the drinks quick enough, which was amazing. We were drank out of beer, which was amazing. That’s what an Irish bar is all about…drink the house dry.

“We had been talking about opening a bar for years. This place had come up in Knutsford. We came down and saw it and we all said it’s a no brainer. We found the dream place.”

After spending months on the refurbishment through lockdown, they’ve now been able to open the huge outdoor terrace space to customers and serve up the first pints of Guinness after the lifting of Covid restrictions in the UK.

Then, when indoor hospitality is scheduled to reopen from May 17, guests will be able to enjoy the full Irish bar experience at D13 - which aims to create a “magical, boutique Irish feel.”

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'Today @diageo came in for our official Guinness rating 10/10 Great Looking Great Tasting'. Photo: d13knutsford

'Today @diageo came in for our official Guinness rating 10/10 Great Looking Great Tasting'. Photo: d13knutsford

'Today @diageo came in for our official Guinness rating 10/10 Great Looking Great Tasting'. Photo: d13knutsford

D13 is a modern but traditional Irish bar, with lattice woods and a copper bar top, green walls and modern drop bulb lighting.

Venture further inside and there’s a stunning bespoke emerald green and gold resin floor that lights up - with a subtle shamrock shape at its end.

There is booth seating in the main bar area, while the first floor has a vodka bar and terrace. Then there’s a ‘party central’ outdoor terrace, painted all black with bronze details and flourishes of greenery.

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“It’s warm and fun with lots of levels so people can feel quite safe in a Covid secure way,” Shane says.

Lynch was delighted to have Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden supporting him on the bar’s opening night last weekend.

The launch comes at an exciting time for Shane and Sheena, who moved to their new home on the Wirral in Cheshire two years ago with daughters Billie, 12, and Marley, 8, after 20 years spent in London.

Shane, 44, said: “Sheena and I were moving up north because I’d just had enough of the south, all the hustle and bustle, I’d been 20 years down there really.

“So we said before our oldest daughter starts high school let’s take the big jump and we moved on out.

“A lot of my work and business was up here, and driving up and down was mad anyway and two of my sisters live on the Wirral so it seemed like the ideal place - and we have absolutely loved it.”

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'The Calm before Da’Storm'. Photo: d13knutsford

'The Calm before Da’Storm'. Photo: d13knutsford

'The Calm before Da’Storm'. Photo: d13knutsford

Sheena, 41, says: “When Shane first came up with the idea I was not mad about it as I didn’t know anyone up here, all my family live down south, it felt like a huge migration, it felt massive to me.

“But then I put my big girl pants on and realised it made complete sense for us as a family to move up here, it was going to be an opportunity for our girls to grow up somewhere where we can actually walk to school, it made sense to come to a place where everyone knows each other in the community. And it has been absolutely brilliant, the people are so warm and friendly up here.”

While Nathan, Shane and Sheena are all hands on with the business, customers are unlikely to find Lynch pulling pints behind the bar.

He laughs: “I’ve never pulled a good pint anywhere in my life. I’m good at drinking them though.”

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