O’Meara’s public house, The Irish House, was a beautiful pub which sat on the corner of Winetavern Street and Wood Quay until demolished to make way for the Civic Offices. The fantastic public house which dated back to 1870 became a forgotten victim of ‘The Bunkers’ constructed at Wood Quay. The magnificent exterior stucco work upon the pub displayed historic scenes and nationalist leaders from Irish history, with Henry Grattan and Daniel O’Connell featuring. Sean Lynch has noted in his history of the building that Lord Moyne of the Guinness Brewery “financed a project to salvage the exterior of the Irish House. In July 1968 scaffolding went up and all embellishments were removed and transported to a warehouse at the Guinness Hopstore.”
Today, some of the figures from the front of the building are on display in the Dublin Civic Trust on Castle Street. I photographed them on a recent visit, enjoy.