Basil Shiels


Name: Basil Shiels
Location: Tassagh, Keady
County: Armagh
Total Cost: £ 101,000.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : SOAR
Duration: 6 months
Telephone: 07525 910898


Further expansion of the business through the purchase and erecting of a marquee/awning with associated furniture to allow the business to run large events and weddings.


Basil Sheil’s consists of a small traditional Irish bar and lounge which attracts many locals some of whom have been drinking in the bar for 60 years. They have a traditional Irish music every Friday night through the summer months. The pub also has a beer garden which is surrounded by mature trees and overlooks the Callen River. The owner, Mr Fegan previously made an application to SOAR and was successful in securing £50,000 to extend the bar area and to include a restaurant/kitchen facility


Items funded:

  • Awning/marquee,
  • Guttering/drainage,
  • 15 tables,
  • 7  multiple seating seats,
  • 59 single seats,
  • flooring
  • Electrical works - wiring and lights
  • Generator Brick & Timber cladding to exterior wall
  • 2 No. blow heaters,
  • 2 No. Pot Belly stoves,
  • 6 no. heaters and
  • 2 No. reclaimed heaters.
  • Steel structure for awning/marquee


Project Objectives:

  • To employ one additional full time member of staff by December 2012
  • To employ one additional part time member of staff by December 2013 
  • To increase turn over in 2012 from £80,000 to £96,000 in 2013.


Owner of the Basil Shiels, Mark Fegan, stated “the grant from SOAR has made it possible to develop my business. I knew my premises had great potential but I could not do it on my own, SOAR has made my plans a reality.”