Auction typifies mood as Erin's Isle Irish Pub closes

After nearly 30 years

There was no gavel as in old-day auctions. It was a silent nod as the winning bid was recognized.

Kitchen appliances, furniture, fixtures, dinner and glassware and equipment used in his popular catering business went as more than 60 bidders offered on various items.

Erin's Isle was forced to close its door after nearly 30 years when the land was sold and owner Mike Ward's lease was not renewed.

Ward's prediction was correct when he said he probably wouldn't get much more than 10 cents on a dollar. Much of the items, like dinnerware, went as one item, and not much. Ward expected the sale to bring in $25,000 to $35,000.

Many customers and friends stopped by to wish him well, some asking him to open at a new location. He was reluctant to comment on a new place.

"I've looked at some places, but I don't know right now if I have that mindset to start over again," he said. Ward said before the sale, "The bottom line is I am 65 years old and maybe it's time to hang it up."

He is going to take time off, as he would have done in years prior as this was when Erin's Isle closed its doors for a two-week vacation. This time the doors won't reopen.

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