PJ (jnr) took over the pub in 1998 and married Niamh in 2009. They have 2 children, Noah & Suzie.
In 2000, the premises was completely demolished and rebuilt with a small bar introduced upstairs, This bar became home to Kavanagh’s Comedy Club.
Kavanagh’s Comedy Club;
That Thursday night gig sold out – 60 people at the first comedy club in Portlaoise, we thought the future was safe.Two weeks later we held our second comedy club to 6 paying guests. It’s true what they say about working hard at something to make it work!.
Since then Kavanaghs Comedy Club has hosted some of the big names of Comedy including Tommy Tiernan, Kevin Bridges, Aprés Match, The Stars of Who’s Line is It Anyway?, Des Bishop, Neil Delamere, David O’Doherty, Bernard O’Shea, Foil Arm’s and Hog, Ardal O’Hanlon, Reginald D Hunter, Tom Stade, Glenn Wool and many many more.