Historic 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


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


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

Sean’s Bar, Athlone. County Westmeath 900AD


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