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O'Neill's Irish Pub in Dickson goes into liquidation but doors remain open

A popular inner north pub is still serving schooners despite going into liquidation.

The Supreme Court of Queensland has ordered the winding up of RB Hospitality Holdings Pty Ltd, which trades as ONeill's Irish Pub in Dickson, following an application by Australian Liquor Marketers.

Director Gerry Bluett said the company owed Australian Liquor Marketers $3700 but did not receive documentation about the court application while the sole owner, Richard Lee, was in hospital in Canberra. 

The pub was now working with liquidators to sort out the mess and pay back the money, he said. 

"Unscrambling the egg is incredibly hard to do," Mr Bluett said.

"We've got to go through the process of clearing creditors up and making the company stable. We'd like to have a stay of execution back but it will probably cost too much money. We'll pay all the money, we'll trade our way through it.


"It's a little bit messy and it probably shouldn't have happened. It's just a matter of going through the process."

Vincents Liquidators' Tony Lane, who is managing the wind up, said the order was made on February 20 as the business assessed options to avoid closure.

"We're continuing trade with the support of the company's director with the view to achieving an outcome for the creditors which is better than straight liquidation," he said. 

"A range of options are being considered. We're investigating all possibilities."

Mr Lane would not elaborate on the possible steps to avoid straight liquidation but expected to have a solution settled with the director in the next week.

"The doors are still open, we're continuing to trade – it's business as usual," he said.