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

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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.18902019-06-26T11:33:45+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 900AD2019-06-26T22:03:18+00:00

The Merry Ploughboy Pub, Rockbrook. County Dublin 1800

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This bar claim's to be the only pub in Ireland that is run by traditional musicians The Merry Ploughboy Pub is located in south Dublin in an area known as Rockbrook. This traditional [...]

The Merry Ploughboy Pub, Rockbrook. County Dublin 18002019-06-27T16:19:22+00:00

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

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The highest pub in Kildare & The only parish in Ireland that claims to have 2 racecourses Brennan's Inn is a typical 'olde World' pub that boasts antique red brick walls, pitch pine [...]

Brennan’s Inn, Kilteel. County Kildare c.19002019-06-28T14:21:46+00:00

Finnegan’s Pub, Dalkey. County Dublin 1862

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One of Dublin's finest pubs located in one of Ireland's most beautiful villages Finnegan's Pub is located in Dalkey village in south county Dublin. It was established in 1970 by Dan Finnegan and [...]

Finnegan’s Pub, Dalkey. County Dublin 18622019-06-28T05:42:17+00:00

Johnnie Fox’s Pub, Glencullen. County Dublin 1798

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'Arguably' Ireland's highest pub visited by Pop stars & Presidents    Johnnie Fox's Pub is located in the village of Glencullen on the border of south Dublin and Wicklow. It was established in [...]

Johnnie Fox’s Pub, Glencullen. County Dublin 17982019-06-29T06:54:31+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.19002019-06-29T08:21:37+00:00