Traditional Irish Pubs

Irish pubs have existed for roughly a millennium, with the title “oldest pub in Ireland” held by Sean’s Bar in Athlone, County Westmeath which was established in the 10th century. The Brazen Head in Dublin City was established in 1198 and holds the title “oldest pub in Dublin”. It was not until 1635 that the government required pubs to be licensed. Grace Neill’s in Donaghadee, County Down, Northern Ireland, which became licensed in 1611, holds the title of “oldest licensed pub in Ireland”. During the 18th century it also became illegal to be married in a pub. Unlike their British counterparts, Irish pubs are usually named after the current or previous owner or the street they are located on. Over the years, individual Irish pubs have been associated with famous Irish writers and poets such as Patrick Kavanagh, Brendan Behan and James Joyce.

Gibney’s Pub, Malahide. County Dublin est.1890

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The village well, 14,000 gallons of water and 5 generations of the same family Gibney's pub was previously known as The Abercorn Tavern until 1937 when James Joseph Gibney bought it for £2500. [...]

Gibney’s Pub, Malahide. County Dublin est.18902020-04-26T11:34:41+00:00

H Doolin’s Pub, George’s Street. Waterford City est.1710

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T & H Doolan's Pub was established in 1710 and is Waterford’s Oldest Tavern. Some parts of the internal walls were originally part of the 14th-century city walls. The bar has a great reputation [...]

H Doolin’s Pub, George’s Street. Waterford City est.17102020-05-04T13:02:10+00:00

Farren’s Bar, Malin Head. County Donegal

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Ireland's most northerly bar - next stop Iceland! Farren's Bar holds the claim to being Ireland's most northerly pub on the mainland. According to online blogs...it apparently has stools along the bar which [...]

Farren’s Bar, Malin Head. County Donegal2020-04-28T23:03:27+00:00

Sean’s Bar, Athlone. County Westmeath 900AD

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Ireland's, Europe's and possibly the World's oldest pub! Sean's Bar in Athlone is not only the oldest bar in Ireland but also in Europe and possibly the World dating from 900 a.d. This [...]

Sean’s Bar, Athlone. County Westmeath 900AD2020-04-26T13:56:56+00:00

Brennan’s Inn, Kilteel. County Kildare c.1900

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County Kildare's highest pub and the only parish that claims to have 2 racecourses Brennan's Inn is a typical 'olde world' pub that boasts antique red brick walls, pitch pine woodwork and back [...]

Brennan’s Inn, Kilteel. County Kildare c.19002020-05-02T14:26:27+00:00

Finnegan’s Pub, Dalkey. County Dublin 1862

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A classy old pub in a beautiful village Finnegan's Pub is located in Dalkey village in south county Dublin. It was established in 1970 by Dan Finnegan and continues to be run as [...]

Finnegan’s Pub, Dalkey. County Dublin 18622020-04-30T15:04:26+00:00

Johnnie Fox’s Pub, Glencullen. County Dublin 1798

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'Arguably' Ireland's highest pub & 'probably' its most famous!    Johnnie Fox's Pub is located in the village of Glencullen on the border of south Dublin and Wicklow. It was established in 1798 [...]

Johnnie Fox’s Pub, Glencullen. County Dublin 17982020-05-02T11:14:16+00:00

The Ponderosa Pub, Glenshane Pass. County Derry c.1900

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The highest pub in Ireland The Ponderosa Pub is located on the Glenshane Pass between Derry and Belfast. It was established around c.1900 but started its life as a little farmhouse on the [...]

The Ponderosa Pub, Glenshane Pass. County Derry c.19002020-04-29T13:10:50+00:00