Posted Fri 9 Sep 2016 2:57 PM
Island of Ireland
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The Irish pub is never just a place to grab a pint. It’s the heart of the community, where family and friends come together (children are allowed until 9pm, as most places serve food, too). It’s where local stories flourish and grow, where legends come to life, and where the craic flows freely.
They are wonderful, timeless places, and every pub comes with something that makes it special. Here are a few to check out:
From regulars nursing their favourite stout, to the city’s most talented young writers and artists – Grogan’s of Dublin houses more than a character or two. With no TV or stereo (and no plans to install one, either), the air buzzes with chat and laughter. Grab one of their legendary toasties, made with succulent ham and gooey melted cheese, and watch the world rush by.
Recognised by the Guinness World Records as Ireland’s oldest pub, Grace Neill’s in County Down has stood in Donaghadee since 1611. Counting live traditional music sessions and warm welcomes amongst its specialities, this pub is also said to still house the spooky spirit of Grace herself. But don’t worry! She was famed for her friendliness and hospitality, and wants only to share a pint with new arrivals at her door.
Looking for somewhere lively? The atmosphere crackles at The Oval in Cork, with a combination of candlelight, the smell of whiskey lingering in the air, and the warmth from the open peat fire creating a heady mix to lure you in through the door. But it’s the live music, the eclectic bar staff, and the plethora of drinks to sample that’ll keep you there until the sun rises over the River Lee!
Finally, detour off the Wild Atlantic Way, and find yourself at Nora Murphy’s in Brandon, County Kerry. From the deck, you can gaze out into the white waves of the Atlantic. Ancient newspaper cuttings cover the walls, an open fire blazes in the hearth and, if you’re lucky, you’ll spy a school of dolphins passing in the surf as you enjoy their speciality, the fresh crab sandwich!
Most pubs in Ireland also serve food… so it’s a pretty good place to head as an alternative to a cafe or restaurant, and this is just the tip of the iceberg! The best way to find them? Get out there, explore, and pop your head around the door to say hello!