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.
Biddy's O'Barnes is named after one of its famous landladies. It dates back to the late 19th century when coach travel was the main form of transport and it was at this stopping point [...]