Dungannon man hopes to take party world by storm with innovative ‘Baravan’

The quaint Dungloe Baravan is a party venue on wheels
The quaint Dungloe Baravan is a party venue on wheels

A Dungannon man is hoping to take Tyrone’s social scene on the move with an innovative - first of its kind - caravan-bar hybrid that he has aptly named The Dungloe Baravan.

Consultant Engineer Mark Mooney said he and some friends came up with idea while spending time at his family’s caravan in Mullaghmore.

Since buying a second hand five berth Lunar van from an elderly man in Tyrone, he said has been hard at work designing and fitting out the challenging but exciting restoration.

Currently working in Dublin, the 25-year-old said he has been travelling to Tyrone on weekends to work on the project since July.

And the resulting, moveable party venue with its very own sound system, full working bar and heating is ready for action.

“You just hook it on to the back of a vehicle and take it to where the party is,” Mark explained.

Mark serving one of the first of many customers

Mark serving one of the first of many customers

Asked how the idea came about, he added: “Me and my friends came down to my mobile home in Mullaghmore, County Sligo, and one of the guys is a bar man and we had a keg.

“We set the keg up with a few optics and converted the mobile home into a bar and I just thought it was a great idea - that’s how it came around.

“I did the design and a lot of the work myself and then I got help from a tradesman and a few friends. It was such a precise job that I needed some help.”

Harking back to pubs of old, Mark said he has tried to stay true to Irish culture with the innovative project.

Caravan dancing anyone?

Caravan dancing anyone?

“The theme of it is old Ireland so it’s all done up traditional way with the stove and the turf by the fire and net curtains.

“I know it’s mine, but it is the coolest thing about... if it wasn’t mine I would still think it was pretty awesome.”

Now on the road, Mark said he has been inundated with requests to hire the bar for parties, weddings and events all across Ireland.

For details email info@thedungloe.com or check out their Facebook page or Twitter account @thedungloe.

A tradesman hard at work on the project

A tradesman hard at work on the project

The Dungloe Baravan has already seen its first party

The Dungloe Baravan has already seen its first party

The Dungloe Baravan

The Dungloe Baravan