Banshees of Inisherin pub rebuilt, relocated... and awaiting Taylor Swift

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A customer pets a donkey inside the rebuilt JJ Devine’s Public House - Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

The fictional pub from The Banshees of Inisherin has been moved from a remote Irish island and is now serving pints to the public more than 100 miles away in Galway.

JJ Devine’s Public House was built on location on the island of Achill, County Mayo, for the 2022 dark comedy starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. However, it was dismantled as soon as filming for the Golden Globe-winning film wrapped.

Many fans were disappointed to learn that the watering hole, a central location in the story of Colm and Padraic and the breakdown of their friendship, had been taken apart.

Among them was singer Taylor Swift, who voiced her admiration for the “authenticity” of the set, which she said made the drinking den look like it had been there “forever”.

Now the landlord of the family-run Mee’s Bar in the village of Kilkerrin, Galway, has relocated it to the back of his own pub and hopes it will become a tourist attraction.

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Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell inside the fictional version of JJ Devine’s Public House in The Banshees of Inisherin - Film Stills/Searchlight Pictures

The pub set was given to Luke Mee by a relative who lives on Achill and asked if he could keep it after filming ended.

Mr Mee then assembled a crew of four helpers and borrowed a truck to make the two-hour journey to the island, which is linked to the mainland by a whale-shaped bridge.

It took another two days to load up the truck in freezing December temperatures before the journey 106 miles away to County Galway.

“Then we had to go to the task of trying to put it back together,” Mr Mee told The Telegraph.

“It was like a jigsaw. We would put the film on, pause, take screenshots and print them to make sure that everything was where it was in the film.”

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Now fans of the film can enjoy a pint inside the real pub, in Kilkerrin, County Galway - Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

The new pub is entirely original, right down to the glass panes that fans of the film will remember from when Padraic stares sadly through the window at his former best friend Colm.

“Everything, down to the window panes, was meticulously rebuilt with the help of family, friends and neighbours. Hours upon hours went into this project,” Mr Mee said after the unofficial opening of the pub.

For three-and-a-half months, a close-knit unit worked in utmost secrecy on the project, which was swathed in black PVC sheets to prevent locals getting any advance notice of the big unveiling that Mr Mee had planned.

He said: “We kept it undercover. Even my sister Angela, who runs the pub, was not fully aware.

“I wouldn’t expect her to tell lies to her regulars, so I just told her we were tidying up the smoking area.”

Swift told Martin McDonagh, the film’s Oscar-nominated director, that she would visit the pub if it was ever rebuilt when she interviewed him for Vanity Fair last year.

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Taylor Swift was said to be a fan of JJ Devine’s Public House after seeing it in the film - AP Photo/Ashley Landis/File

Mr Mee said he was reliably informed that news of JJ Devine’s Public House’s resurrection has been passed to the Shake It Off singer.

He said that he had reserved a free pint for the superstar singer if she chose to visit the recreated bar after its official opening next month.

“She would be very welcome to come to see the pub and enjoy herself,” he said, before joking: “You can have anything you want, as long as it is Guinness!”