Irish Pubs

Irish Trip Pictures-Pubs

On 10/17/2008, Ellen Roderick wrote:

Much has been written in recent years about the reduced number of pubs across Ireland. For example, Swinford, Co. Mayo. a small town, had 22 pubs at one time; it now has 12. At the same time, each little village had so many pubs that when Gene and I drove through these villages, I was still able to photograph large numbers of pubs. So they are "alive and well" believe me. Most of you know that social life in the towns/villages revolved around the pubs, especially for men. It was a place to gather and chat about people, places and things. One's troubles were left at the door.

JMany pubs serve very hearty foods at reasonable cost -- it's called "pub grub." Pubs are a great place for lunch. Most tourists like to drink Guinness. I sampled Guinness when I was 18 while touring the Guinness Brewery, Dublin. I did not care for Guinness then and still do not drink any kind of beer. But most on our tour group enjoyed beer at the local pubs.

Nancy's Pub, Ardara, Co. Donegal -- the smallest pub in Ireland. Gene and Ellen had late lunch there.

The Crown Bar, Belfast, Co. Antrim -- like a museum: floors of mosaic tiles, wood carvings, brocaded walls; dates to 1826 and is now owned by the National Trust of Northern Ireland.

Cartoon Inn & Pub, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow -- many inns have pubs. Ellen took this photo from the bus so there is reflection in it, but she loved the "cartoon" painted on the front.

The Speakeasy Pub, Killarney, Co. Kerry -- Ellen shares this photo to show you the beautiful flowers that decorated so many pubs.

Carlingford Arms Tavern, Carlingford, Co. Louth -- Carlingford is a medieval town on a magnificent lake (photos later on that lake); Gene's cousin's relatives drove over from Armagh, Northern Ireland for lunch with us at the tavern.

Kate Kearney's Cottage, Gap of Dunloe, Co. Kerry -- we had dinner there; they had a charming pub; we had Irish Coffee by the peat fire; and what a great gift shop -- Gene made some Christmas gift purchases.

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