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Dubai Irish bar chain McGettigan's reveals global expansion plan

Group spans a portfolio of 22 properties around the world

Dubai Irish bar chain McGettigan's reveals global expansion plan
In the Middle East, McGettigans operates in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Fujairah.

International Irish bar and restaurant chain McGettigan's will be opening nearly 40 new outlets worldwide in the next five years and then launching on the stock market, according to Dennis McGettigan, whose father opened the first McGettigan's pub more than 50 years ago.

In an interview with the Irish Independent newspaper, he said of the chain: "We are at 11 now; I want to get that to 50 in the next five years and then do an IPO."

McGettigan works in the family business alongside six of his siblings with his father at the helm as group chairman.

The McGettigan's group spans 11 hotels – one in Dubai and the rest in Ireland – and 11 pubs around the world in Ireland, Abu Dhabi, Fujairah, New York and Dubai.

McGettigan, who lives in Dubai, tells the newspaper the brand began in the UAE in 2005 with the purchase of "a patch of sand" that would become the Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Tower Hotel, Dubai.

He soon saw potential for this hotel to host a "modern, international irish pub" targetting expats – something he felt the city was lacking.

What followed was two more Dubai outlets before McGettigan took the model back to Ireland, followed by Abu Dhabi, Singapore and New York.

No details have yet been released about where the 39 new McGettigan's outposts are to be located.

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