No kiddin’ – guess what this former Donegal pub has become?

written by Stephen Maguire July 20, 2017

Transforming a well-known Donegal pub into a new business venture has proven anything but child-play for one local businesswoman.

The famous Argony Pipe Bar on the main Donegal to Derry Road close to Newtowncunningham is to get a new lease of life as a childcare facility aimed at families with children aged 6 months to 4 years.


The childminding service will be open to families from Donegal and Derry from September.

“Teach Lisa” is Irish for Lisa’s House and the ethos of the setting will reflect the home environment of Lisa Mhic Eó, who is opening the facility.

Lisa revealed “I have three children of my own and they are brought up with both Irish and English at home and they are bilingual as a result. Children coming to ‘Teach Lisa’ will receive the benefits of early bilingualism as well as the expected benefits of a high quality, safe and stimulating childcare environment.”

Aware that the cost of childcare locally is an issue, Teach Lisa is offering its services below the average charges for Donegal and parents may also be able to avail of the new government subsidies taking effect in September.

Costs include breakfast and other meals, while other arrangements such as collection and hours can be adapted to suit parents’ needs.


“Initially we are restricted to only five full-time places in September but I hope to increase that intake as soon as possible thereafter. Therefore places are at a premium and parents should register now to avoid disappointment.”

For further information, parents can contact 0838707680 or message the Facebook page Teach Lisa.