Completely different from a “bar,” the Irish Public House is a place where everyone congregates for every reason. Here you’ll find baptisms, weddings, funerals, concerts and just everyday people sharing a conversation over a cup of tea or a pint of beer. If you haven’t visited a pub you haven’t visited Ireland.

Things to Do in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland offers a variety of things to do and see: from the rugged Causeway Coast, to the vibrant cities, interesting castles and historical sites. Visit the Giant’s Causeway This is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. It is located about […]

Ireland – a stop on your European tour

A short while ago, a very good friend asked me to help with drafting a European tour for him and his wife. But he also mentioned something that I was quite surprised to hear: “I don’t want to do what everyone else does”. Now that’s a challenge I was more […]

Sean’s Bar, Athlone – Oldest Pub in Ireland

There has been a pub awaiting weary travellers at the crossing of the river Shannon for over a thousand years. But Sean’s Bar in Athlone isn’t just the oldest pub in Ireland. According to the lads at the Guinness Book of World Records, it’s the oldest pub in Europe. Excavations […]

Skelly’s Bar in Ballymahon

Right at the centre of Ballymahon in County Longford is Skelly’s pub. An unassuming little grocery and off-license from the front, the pub is accessed through a side alley, depositing one into the pub’s surprisingly large beer garden. The sheer number of sessions and concerts that have occurred in this […]

Rural Ireland dying?

Just over a month ago, I mentioned that many rural Irish communities may be facing extinction. As it turns out, recent news stories are reporting that is exactly what is happening. Galway East TD Joe Callanan reported last week that a third of rural pubs in east Galway have closed […]