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Kelly’s Cellars – Bank Street, Belfast

Kelly’s Cellars – Bank Street, Belfast

The oldest licensed premises in Belfast is also one of its most alluring. The pub was a meeting place for the United Irishmen in the run up to the disastrous rebellion of 1798. It is still easy to imagine such characters plotting revolution here over dark ales and...
The Crown – Belfast

The Crown – Belfast

One of the last of the great Victorian Gin Palaces that once flourished in the industrial cities of Britain, this landmark establishment originally serviced the six stagecoaches and various jaunting cars passing daily from Belfast to Lisburn. Unlimited access for €1 a...
House of McDonnell – Ballycastle, Co. Antrim

House of McDonnell – Ballycastle, Co. Antrim

This Antrim gem has been in the same family for an astonishing fourteen generations. Most of what one sees is old world from the classic black light switches and coat hooks beneath the counter to the keyhole clock that gongs above the bar. This was an old man’s pub...
Jonathan Swift – A Tale of Two Women

Jonathan Swift – A Tale of Two Women

Dean Swift, the celebrated satirist and author of such works as ‘Gulliver’s Travel’s’, was Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin for over thirty years. However, perhaps the greatest conundrum of his life was how to maintain an intimate relationship with two women,...
Brian Kennedy – The Rise of a Falls Road Boy

Brian Kennedy – The Rise of a Falls Road Boy

"I've never set out to be political in any sense but because of where I was born and how I grew up, that defined me immediately.’ We were never involved in anything other than the day-to-day thing of going to school and being shot at and all those kinds of mad...