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The Irish Pub – The Chosen Pubs

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Over the course of 2008, the photographer James Fennell and I spent about three months on the road researching the best pubs in Ireland for the book ‘The Irish Pub.’ This was an arduous task, which we did just for you. You can read about our travels by clicking here. We came home having photographed about 70 pubs and spoken with perhaps as many publicans. However, in order to give each pub the four to six page spreads we felt they deserved, we had to make some radical decisions in the final furlongs. We just didn’t have enough pages to fit them all in.

Hence, we had to drop over 30 of the pubs we photographed from the book, any of which would have been perfectly suited to the theme.

The 39 pubs that ultimately made the book are listed below. While the essence of every pub was traditional, we included a shorter chapter examining the more contemporary interpretations of that style. The classifications for urban retreats and rural charm were always vague and there are several pubs who could feasibly fit into either chapter.

 

Urban Retreats

 

The Long Hall
51 South Great George’s Street
Dublin 2
Tel: +353 (0)1 475 1590

 

The Stag’s Head
Dame Court
Dublin 2
Tel: +353 (0)1 671 3701
www.thestagshead.ie

 

Bermingham’s
7 Ludlow Street
Navan
Co. Meath
Tel: +353 (0)46 902 9829

 

Clancy’s
12 Leinster Street
Athy
Co. Kildare
Tel: +353 (0)59 863 1964

 

E. J. Morrissey’s
Main Street
Abbeyleix
Co. Laoise
Tel: +353 (0)57 873 1281

 

Lenehan’s
10 Barrack Street
Kilkenny
Co. Kilkenny
Tel: +353 (0)56 772 1621

 

McCarthy’s Bar
Main Street
Fethard
Co. Tipperary
Tel: +353 (0)52 31149
www.mccarthyshotel.net

 

The Bulman
Summercove
Kinsale
Co. Cork
Tel: +353 (0)21 477 2131
www.thebulman.com

 

Dick Macks
Green Steet
Dingle
Co. Kerry
Tel: +353 (0)66 915 1960

 

10 J. Curran’s
Main Street
Dingle
Co. Kerry
Tel: +353 (0)66 915 1110

 

11 Crotty’s
Market Square
Kilrush
Co. Clare
Tel: +353 (0)65 905 2470
www.crottyspubkilrush.com

 

12 Tigh Neachtain’s
17 Cross St
Galway City
Co. Galway
Tel: +353 (0)91 568820

 

13 Thomas Connolly’s
Holborn Street and Markievicz Street
Sligo
Co. Sligo
Tel: +353 (0)71 916 7377

 

14 J. & W. Wright’s
Glaslough
Co. Monaghan
Tel: +353 (0)47 88106

 

15 McConville’s (The Mandeville Arms)
Mandeville Street
Portadown
Co. Armagh
BT62 3PD
Tel: +44 (0)28 3833 2070

 

16 Kelly’s Cellars
30–32 Bank Street
Belfast
Co. Antrim
BT1 1HL
Tel: +44 (0)28 9024 6058

 

17 The Crown Liquor Saloon
46 Great Victoria Street
Belfast
Co. Antrim
BT2 7BA
Tel: +44 (0)28 9027 9901
www.crownbar.com

 

18 House of McDonnell
Castle Street
Ballycastle
Co. Antrim
BT54 6AS
Tel: +44 (0)28 2076 2975
www.houseofmcdonnell.com

Rural Charm

 

19 O’Connell’s
Hill of Skryne
Co. Meath
Tel: +353 (0)46 902 5122

 

20 E. Butterfield’s (The Harp Bar)
Ballitore
Co. Kildare
Tel: +353 (0)59 862 3329

 

21 M. J. Byrne
Greenane
Co. Wicklow
Tel: +353 (0)40 446195

 

22 P. F. Smyth
Newtown
Co. Carlow
Sadly closed.

 

23 O’Shea’s
Main Street
Borris
Co. Carlow
Tel: +353 (0)59 977 3106

 

24 Somers
Clogh
Co. Kilkenny
Sadly closed.

 

25 Mary Kennedy’s
Callaghane Bridge
Co. Waterford
Tel: +353 (0)51 382320

 

26 P. J. Guerin (The Kingfisher)
Castleconnell
Co. Limerick
Tel: +353 (0)61 377407

 

27 O’Shaughnessy’s (The Ivy House)
Glin
Co. Limerick
Tel: +353 (0)68 34115

 

28 M. Finucane
Quay Street
Ballylongford
Co. Kerry
Tel: +353 (0)68 43243

 

29 O’Loclainn’s Irish Whiskey Bar
Ballyvaughan
Co. Clare
Tel: +353 (0)65 707 7006
www.irishwhiskeybar.com

 

30 Murray’s
Maghera
Co. Westmeath
Tel: +353 (0)90 648 5345

 

31 Coyle & Sons
Four Roads
Mount Talbot
Co. Roscommon
Tel: +353 (0)90 662 3315

 

32 Leonard’s
Lahardane
Ballina
Co. Mayo
Tel: +353 (0)96 51003

 

33 Brennan’s (The Criterion)
Main Street
Bundoran
Co. Donegal
Tel: +353 (0)71 984 1810

 

34 H. McGinn
Newbliss
Co. Monaghan
Tel: +353 (0)47 54450

 

35 Gartlan’s
Lower Main Street
Kingscourt
Co. Cavan

 

Contemporary Heritage

 

36 The Sky & the Ground
112 South Main Street
Wexford
Co. Wexford
Tel: +353 (0)53 912 1273

 

37 Geoff’s
John Street
Waterford
Co. Waterford
Tel: +353 (0)51 874787

 

38 De Barra’s
55 Pearse Street
Clonakilty
Co. Cork
Tel: +353 (0)23 33381
www.debarra.ie

 

39 Gertie Browne
Custume Place
Athlone
Co. Westmeath
Tel: +353 (0)90 647 4848