Pubs: Let’s hope the really great ones survive and return. I’m aching for a pint in Toner’s!

My friend and colleague Roy Curtis wrote a wonderful piece about pubs in the Sunday World at the weekend. It was quite an emotional piece. Roy, like me and many others, enjoys a good pub and not just because the pint might be magnificent, but because the company might also be magnificent.  And if you … Continue reading Pubs: Let’s hope the really great ones survive and return. I’m aching for a pint in Toner’s!

People are always asking which are Dublin’s best pubs.* *(That’s another lie)

I take on some difficult tasks in this job.* Like this one. I’m about to – I hope you’re ready for this – name the best ten pubs in Dublin. That pint of Guinness on Achill Island brought it to mind. There are more than 900 pubs still open in our capital city, though we … Continue reading People are always asking which are Dublin’s best pubs.* *(That’s another lie)

The George Bernard Shaw wasn’t another Wood Quay. But the Manhattan was close…

There’s been something of an outcry over the news that the George Bernard Shaw, that distinctive pub on South Richmond Street in Dublin, is to close. Sadly, I’ve never been in it – I don’t have any tattoos and I can’t grow a beard. But it’s a place that certainly seemed to be lively any … Continue reading The George Bernard Shaw wasn’t another Wood Quay. But the Manhattan was close…