A good friend of mine, Stephen, works as a barman in what has to be one of the finest establishments in Dublin, Kavanaghs of Glasnevin. If you’re a Dubliner, odds are you’ll know it as The Gravediggers. Just far enough from town to be quiet, but close enough for anyone visiting who has done any research to drop out to, the place is magic. Tellyless magic. No nonsense ‘you can have one of these four pints or go back to the city’ magic. In short, it’s the pub time didn’t change. The Euro was probably the last new addition to the place, and it’s perfect for it’s timeless essence.
Imagine my shock last year then when Kavanaghs somehow didn’t feature in the ’250 Collection’ of beermats from Arthur Guinness and Sons. O’ Donoghues of Merrion Row? check. The Long Hall? check. In fact, almost all the ‘Dublin pubs’ featured.
All is forgiven now, as they’ve got this one spot on. Behind the pub you can spot the gates to Glasnevin cemetery, where you’ll find Frank Ryan, Brendan Behan, Daniel O’ Connell, Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, Luke Kelly and my own great-grandfather. Is there a better way to spend an evening post-graveyard touring than next door in the cosy Kavanaghs? I highly doubt it.
Anyone spotted any other new ones?