Tom Frawley (1920-2014) – Publican – Lahinch, County Clare

Tom Frawley (1920-2014) – Publican – Lahinch, County Clare

‘If priests were allowed to marry, they wouldn’t have had half the number of scandals.’ When Tom Frawley makes his point, he does not slam his fist on the bar. He says the words with quiet certainty. He has thought the matter through thoroughly and he knows he is...
Coyles of Four Roads, County Roscommon

Coyles of Four Roads, County Roscommon

Simon Coyle, the fourth generation of his family to run the pub, pulled his first pint when he was five years old. It is in pubs such as this that plots are hatched and loyalties sworn. Unlimited access for €1 a month / €12 a year...
Mary Kennedy’s of Callaghane Bridge, Co. Waterford

Mary Kennedy’s of Callaghane Bridge, Co. Waterford

Set in a vernacular Irish cottage, Kennedys has been serving pints since the 1880s. Traditionally it was a community pub where farmers and labourers from the parish came to drink and play poker and music and catch up on the gossip. Sometimes they came to fight....
Leonard’s of Lahardane, Co Mayo

Leonard’s of Lahardane, Co Mayo

In 1943, Laurence Leonard, gave up his career at a wholesalers in Belmullet and opened a grocery bar that offers offering the sheepfarming community a useful array of tea, sweets, boots, shoes, hardware, seeds, wine, spirits and beer. Unlimited access for €1 a month /...
McGinn’s of Newbliss, Co. Monaghan

McGinn’s of Newbliss, Co. Monaghan

The pub was purchased in 1912 in trust for Annie’s father, Hugh McGinn. He was in America at the time, having emigrated there with the rest of the family. Fortunately he had mastered the bar trade, running a pub in downtown Manhattan with his brother. Unlimited access...