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Bertha’s Resurrection

Bertha’s Resurrection

It had been close to 22 years since I attended her wake in County Kerry so you can appreciate the butterflies that flittered through me as I ascended the stairs of Dublin’s Assembly Rooms to be reunited with her. She looked pretty good, all things considered. She’d...
J. Curran’s –  Dingle, County Kerry

J. Curran’s – Dingle, County Kerry

Like so many of Dingle’s fine pubs, Curran’s has always doubled as a general merchant. ‘They sold everything long ago’, says James Curran, pulling out one of the old ledger books. Sue enough, the ledgers are stuffed with billheads from all manner of harness-maker,...
Michael Finucane’s – Ballylongford, Co. Kerry

Michael Finucane’s – Ballylongford, Co. Kerry

Michael Finucane’s great uncle bought the bar from The O’Rahilly, the only leader to die in action during the Easter Rising. It was inevitably a stronghold for Republican get-togethers during the formative years of the new state. Customers sat at the bar and drank...
Dick Macks – Dingle, County Kerry

Dick Macks – Dingle, County Kerry

There’s not many pubs like Dick Mac's left. By night it seems as though every rattan stool, bentwood chair and scuff-resistant step is occupied by someone of a different nationality. All silhouetted by the shoe boxes rising up the wall. The lighting overhead is as...