Irish Pubs 2019 Calendar
It is a rare town or neighborhood in Ireland without a pub to call its local. A place to spend a few hours, see friends, hear the news, and have a pint a leisure, the public house binds a community together. Irish Pubs 2019 takes you to some of the most picturesque of these establishments to be found on the Emerald Isle.
Pubs and places featured in the 2019 calendar include:
In central Dublin along the south bank of the river Liffey, the buildings on Temple Bar had fallen into decline late in the 20th century. A proposal by the state-owned transportation company would have demolished many buildings and replaced them with a bus terminal. Instead the area was redeveloped as Dublin’s cultural center, some culture more serious, some more social. Among many local competitors, the Temple Bar claims to be the friendliest: “The craic is mighty,” they claim.
Some pubs are famous for being famous, like Fitzgerald’s in Avoca, County Wicklow. Between 1996 and 2001, the BBC filmed the series Ballykissangel in Avoca. The local pub, then called the Fountain, was renamed Fitzgerald’s for the series, and the owners decided to keep the name. If you visit Avoca, take a tour of the Handweavers Mill, which is the oldest working mill in Ireland.
John Kehoe’s is one of Dublin’s heritage pubs. Licensed in 1803. It was originally a place to buy groceries, as well as a pint. The pub was renovated in the late 1800s and the dark mahogany bar and wooden panels that divide the room remain unchanged. The only apparent innovation in a century followed the death of Mr. Kehoe, when the new owners renovated his apartment above the place into an additional bar and parlor.
It is important to note that the undertaker no longer darkens the door at the Cape Bar in Wexford. Among other changes, The Cape, previously known as the Cape of Good Hope, is now more commonly called Mackens. It is said that during the uprising of 1798, the devious English Lord Kingsborough, while attempting to join his regiment in Wexford, was captured by rebels and held for a time in the building that now houses the Cape Bar. It is certain that the Lord did not enjoy any of the refreshment that might be found in the Cape today.
There has been an inn or tavern at what is now the site of the Big Tree since 1453, when it may have been known as the Rose Tavern. The current name followed from the trial of five rebels following the 1798 uprising. After a trial lasting just sixty seconds, the men were sentenced to be hanged from the tree outside the tavern where they were arrested. Known thereafter as the Big Tree, the pub eventually adopted the name for itself, and has carried on though the tree is now gone.
An Droichead Beag, the Small Bridge, is a popular pub in Dingle, County Wexford. Local bands play music, often traditional, on most evenings. Popular and often crowded, the bar is open until the early morning on weekends.
For the best traditional music in Ireland, you may rely on a visit to Matt Molloy’s on any night of the week. Matt Molloy has given his name to the bar, but also plays the flute with what is probably Ireland’s best-known band, the Chieftans, who play traditional Irish music around the world.
Clearly the customers at Cleere’s Bar and Theater in Kilkenny take their pints quite seriously. There is also a rather sophisticated selection of food that includes, “Traditional Irish stew served with brown seeded bread and garlic, cheese and sundried tomato bread, along with a pint of Dubliner porter.” In addition to traditional music on Monday and Wednesday, there are also blues, jazz, rock, theatre and comedy nights.
The Sky and the Ground in Wexford looks traditional, but is actually a two-decade-old creation of landlord Johnnie Barron and his wife, Nuala. They bought the building after a fire and the pub they created is now a thriving source of music and camaraderie. Upstairs the couple’s daughter, Enya, established a craft beer venue, and for busy nights the beer garden in the back includes a heated circus tent so there is room for everyone.
Drive under the old stone bridge in Waterford and the turn will take you back in history. The whitewashed building has been a pub since 1705, and the current family has operated Jack Meade’s since 1857. Surrounded by farm land, but only four miles from Waterford City center, the pub welcomes families and continues to flourish even after three centuries.
Maybe it is the sea air, but O’Donohue’s is the rare pub that wins rave reviews for its unpretentious food. On the Coastal Road in Fanore, County Clare, landlord Patrick O’Donohue is a welcoming host and the guests are appreciative.
On the Cooley Peninsula, at the foot of the Cooley Mountains overlooking the Irish Sea, Fitzpatrick’s in Dundalk, County Louth takes both food and drink very seriously. The Annaloughan National Loop Walk begins and finishes beside Fitzpatricks, so hungry or thirty hikers can find respite on their return. The pub is truly a destination, so whether you want to raise a pint, or a wedding reception, this expansive pub may be the answer.