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It is a brisk twenty minute walk from Portobello Bridge to the bottom of South Great George’s Street but on your way into town you pass about 30 pubs. They are in order: The Portobello (33 Sth. Richmond St.) O’Connell’s (29 Sth. Richmond St.) The Bernard Shaw (11-12 Sth. Richmond St.) The Bleeding Horse (24-25 […]

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Reviews a week after a gig don’t generally make sense so I’m sorry. My excuse here is that a gig it took me two days to get over and then a further three days to get my act together and get the pictures up online whilst struggling to get coherent words together to get out […]

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As she wheels her wheelbarrow….. Cassidy’s was one of those pubs. You’d often hear about Molly Malone, Dicey Riley and all the others as you walked by. For a long time however Cassidy’s sat empty and neglected, much like Sullivan’s across the street. I’d thought it a victim of the collapse. Now, both pubs have […]

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If you knew where to go, it was possible to drink around the clock in 1930s, 1940s and 1950s Dublin. When regular pubs closed at 11pm, still-thirsty revelers could travel to ‘bona-fide’ pubs on the outskirts of the city. A ‘bona-fide’ house utilised a legal loophole, dating back to early coaching days, that allowed a […]

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The Manhattan on 23 Harcourt Road was a late night cafe ran by the Woods family from about 1954 until the late 2000s. A cafe on the same premises was ran by Anthony Tighe in the 1940s known as Tony’s. In April 1941 he was up in court for allegedly  ‘selling or permitting to be […]

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Stubborn. I’m very stubborn. Friends had just left Ireland for excursions abroad, and others have just moved homes. All events worthy of celebration. I hadn’t seen eight full hours of sleep in a few days, and everyone else invited to the crawl was much the same. Still, this is like Christmas mass at this stage. […]

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As you probably know by now, every month this blog organises a pub-crawl. In rotation, a different person chooses the five pubs in advance, picks a meeting point in the city and makes sure not to let any details slip to the rest of the group about what pubs are to be visited. April was […]

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