The Battle for the Oldest Pub in Ireland

The Battle for the Oldest Pub in Ireland

Return to The Irish Pub Contents On New Year’s Eve 1993, I had the great privilege of attending the wake of Big Bertha at the Blackwater Tavern in County Kerry. This majestic lady, a Dremon cow, had died that same morning, just three months short of her 49th birthday....
The Irish Pub – Conclusions

The Irish Pub – Conclusions

The economic realities were too complex for most old style pubs to survive in the new world. A fear of the breathalyser. The ban on smoking in public places. The temptation to sell one’s licence, at considerable profit, to a Dublin pub chain or European...
The Irish Pub – Personal Qualifications

The Irish Pub – Personal Qualifications

Return to The Irish Pub Contents   The Bottletops   I have long enjoyed a partiality for Irish pubs. The first that I recall was The Tobinstown Inn, a granite structure located on a crossroads adjoining my family farm in County Carlow. When I was 10 years old,...
The Irish Pub – Acknowledgements

The Irish Pub – Acknowledgements

This book is dedicated to our late friend Alex Davidson, Generosa Defunctus – Nosto Forever. When we put this book together, James and I were both newly-married thirty-somethings with bouncing baby daughters – Bella Fennell, who was born in October 2006, and Jemima...
The Irish Pub – Select Bibliography

The Irish Pub – Select Bibliography

Return to Contents for The Irish Pub   The following works were consulted during the research for The Irish Pub book. Books   Bell, Stanley, ‘The Story of Sir Robert Hart‘ (Lisburn Historical Press, 1985) Brody, High, ‘Inishkillane: Change & Decline in the West of...