There are so many great pubs in the island of Ireland that we thought we would show you some of the older ones. Just in time for St. Patrick’s day (please don’t say St. Patty’s day – it never was and never will be…).
THE BRAZEN HEAD, DUBLIN
The Brazen Head has been in operation as a tavern since 1178.
Among the famous names who have indulged in a tipple in this famous pub include Wolfe Tone, Michael Collins, James Joyce and Brendan Behan.
SEAN’S BAR, ATHLONE, WESTMEATH
It is thought that Sean’s Bar dates back as far as 900 and even the Guinness Book of Records has decreed that it is the oldest pub in Ireland.
During renovations in 1970, the walls of the bar were found to be made of wattle and wicker dating back to the ninth century. Old coins were also found and dated to this period and are now on display in the National Museum.
DATING from 1711, this is the oldest pub in Belfast. 29-31/33 Queens Square was constructed at this time as part of the Hanover Quay development undertaken by Isaac MacCartney between 1710 and 1720 and given that ‘not even one standing wall of pre-1769 development was previously known to have survived anywhere in Belfast, it is particularly fortunate to find that this building (McHugh’s) is not only essentially intact, but also represents such an important part of the early town of Belfast.
THE OLD THATCH, KILLEAGH
The present owners the Sweeney family can trace ownership of The Old Thatch as far back as the mid 1700’s.
At Castlemartyr Quarter sessions in 1867 the then owner of the premises, John Conway applied for a renewal of his licence. It was refused on the grounds that the premises were being used to harbour Fenians. He stated in his submission that his house had been licences for over two hundred years without complaint. Nevertheless, the presiding magistrate withheld the licence. The present owners the Sweeney family can trace ownership as far back as the mid 1700’s.
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