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...
Murray’s of Maghera, Co. Westmeath

Murray’s of Maghera, Co. Westmeath

A white-washed 18th century cottage with an asbestos roof boasts one the smallest bars in the land. Behind the counter stands Lizzie, the fourth generation of the Murray women to run the bar.  Unlimited access for €1 a month / €12 a year...
Mrs O’s (O’Connell’s Bar) – The Hill of Skryne, Co. Meath

Mrs O’s (O’Connell’s Bar) – The Hill of Skryne, Co. Meath

I visited the legendary Mrs. O at this pub in 2008, and again in 2012, shortly before she passed away. On the latter occasion, I was blessed to unite with Terry Wogan for a quick televised chat about the Boyne. Mrs O's pub was a cinnamon-hued step back in time to a...
O’Shea’s of Borris, County Carlow

O’Shea’s of Borris, County Carlow

The pub has been frequented by some of the most powerful minds of the 21st century, who swing by after (and occasionally before) their performances at the nearby Festival of Writing and Ideas at Borris House, which began in 2012. Unlimited access for €1 a month / €12...