Donegal entrepreneur Catriona Mulhern, who invented the world's first Irish Pop Up Thatch Cottage Pub, will celebrate two years in business this St. Patrick's Day.

St Patrick’s Day is a very important day in the calendar for Irish natives all over the world. March 17th has become a day of global celebration of Irish culture and a chance for many Irish people to cast aside feelings of homesickness and enjoy the festivities, parades, music and fireworks worldwide.

As event trends continue for ‘pop up’ events and ‘personalisation’, St Patrick’s Day 2015 presented an interesting opportunity for one Irish entrepreneurial couple from Donegal when they created ‘The World’s First Irish Thatched Cottage Air Building’.

Family and friends helping Catriona pull the first pint at the Pop-Up-Pub launch in 2015

Catriona Mulhern, and her partner Paul have been inundated with interest and requests for these unique Irish and Celtic themed structures from all around the globe.

Tampa Bay Florida, New York and Cleveland Ohio have seen ‘The Thatch’ Pop Up for events such as the Ohio Celtic Festival, The New York St. Patrick’s Day parade and most recently a Super Bowl party in Tampa Bay to name but a few.

Catriona and Paul boldly threw in the towel on their drinks industry jobs to start their new venture, ‘Pop Up Pubs’. As interest and demand continued to spiral in their business, Catriona and Paul set their sights on the UK, US, Australian, United Arab Emirates and Canadian markets, designing and manufacturing Celtic themed air buildings for clients globally.

Speaking about the concept, Catriona said “The reaction has been incredible, the idea of temporary and instant Irish themed venues ‘popping up’ is a cool event solution as is but the Irish themes and designs are just special and everyone loves the fun element that these structures bring to the table.”

A complete range of Celtic themed Air Buildings are currently being commissioned for summer events across the US including a replica of an ancient Crannog’ and a GPO styled building. One Florida based client is former NFL kicker Steve Christie and wife Kelly who have just launched ‘The Wandering Pub’.

The Air Buildings need just over four minutes to inflate fully and can literally ‘Pop Up’ anywhere. Earlier this year, an amazing drone video taken of the Pop Up Pub at Rosapenna Golf Course was picked up by American television producers and was to be featured on the “Greatest Ever” countdown show. Read the full story here.

“We are fortunate to be incredibly busy with the Irish hire business of Pop Up Pub but we have some major US appearances mid-summer that we are really excited about, we are looking forward to creating more and more cool Irish structures in the coming months” said Catriona.