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Clancy’s – 12 Leinster St, Athy, Co. Kildare
Thom’s Directory of 1926 records forty-one ‘wine and spirit dealers’ in Athy. By 2007, that number had fallen to sixteen. To stay afloat, you need to be different and that is where Clancy’s has a trump card. In 1964, Jim Clancy evicted all the dusty old bags of maize from the grocery’s storeroom and reopened it as a music room. Nearly sixty years later, Clancy’s is considered one of the great music pubs of Eastern Ireland.