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From Toowoomba’s first hospital… to an Irish pub!

The Irish Club Hotel is built on the site of Toowoomba’s very first hospital which opened in 1859, before closing its doors in 1865. Many say ghosts still roam the bars and hallways of the hotel – but we have always found them to be friendly! 

In 1872, James Woods (licensee of the nearby Ipswich Hotel) commissioned architect Hugh Swann to supervise the erection of a two-storied brick shop and dwelling, which became the Governor Blackall Hotel.

Half a century later in 1935, the business changed hands and its name, becoming the popular Hotel Canberra.  

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Then in 2000, it became the Irish Club Hotel.

 It was purchased a year later in 2001, by Cameron and Janita Mayes, who built on the pub’s proud Irish identity. Cameron grew up in pubs, his dad Keith and mum Pamla were also publicans who ran pubs throughout Brisbane and Ipswich. 

You could say pub life is in the Mayes’ family blood. Having retired, Cameron and Janita have passed on the business to a 3rd generation Mayes. Today it’s operated by their son, Adam Mayes who has kept the traditional Irish themes, while adding some exciting promotions and events. 

The Irish has since become one of Toowoomba’s favourite pubs and has a earned a reputation for its warm hospitality, fantastic facilities, great value meals & drinks and very popular live entertainment. Check it out for yourself and be sure to try a cold Guinness!


It’s a great Meeting Venue

During the week we are the meeting place for local clubs and dance groups.  They gather for meetings and dance practice as well as a hardy meal and a cold or hot beverage.  Some of the long-term clubs include, Apex, Nasho’s, Toowoomba Mini Club, Tough-guys book club and the Irish Band Guys. We also host the WPT League Poker Tournaments, every Tuesday evening in our Celtic Room. Let us know if you would like your group 

Proudly supporting our local community

The Irish Club Hotel is committed to supporting our local community. We hire locals and buy from local suppliers whenever possible. We also support and sponsor local charities and sports clubs, including the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation, The Metropolitan East Cricket Club. AKA The Trojans

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