"An Irish pub run in the traditional manner"
Inspired by our trip we found great people, customs and traditional Irish dishes; Nicola, Jeff and Carol take Ireland’s wonderful fresh ingredients and have created a menu that is a feast of Irish flavours. Sit back close your eyes, you’re in Ireland….
So when you visit us on St Patrick's Day and the following week-end this year, please remember everything that happens, happens to make your experience the most Irish experience you can get in the area!!! If you know what I mean????
We flew into the city of Cork, the republic's second city and has always been an important seaport. Today the River Lee flows through the city in 2 main channels, so that you find yourself constantly crossing bridges. Some of the main streets are built over channels where ships nuzzled their anchor chains a century ago. The best way to see what the city has to offer, is to go by foot. Dennehy’s Bar is on one such street. The smallest bar in the city, 4 metres sq on the coal quay, must be your first port of call. Have a pint of the black stuff with Conor.
We dropped into Kinsale next for another pint of equally
good Murphy’s, to say hi to Mary and catch up what’s been going
on since our last visit. “An Irish Pub run in the traditional manner” is how to describe The Tap Tavern. Dating back to 1882, the Tap lies in the wake of the 11th century St. Multos church, which use to occupy the site some 700 years ago.
In 1974, the Bar was handed down in the family to Mary and her husband Tim O’Neill. The bar is currently being managed by Mary, and Tim’s son Brian. Upon entering The Tap Tavern you are transported back to a bygone era. It is a pleasure to find a pub that still retains the character and beauty that gave Irish pubs their name. It was hard to tear ourselves away from the company and lovely peat fire.
Crookhaven was next on our list. This tiny hamlet lies about as far down in south-west Cork as you can go without falling into the sea - tucked snugly on the sheltered side of a narrow neck of land which creates a deep inlet - the 'crooked haven', which gave the little settlement its name. It is a long way to go off the beaten track, however is well worth taking a few days to enjoy the surroundings and wonderful hospitality.
It's the very epitome of a sleepy fishing village. Brightly-coloured boats bob at anchor; pastel-coloured cottages slumber in the sunshine along the sloping street. And the Fast Net rock to the south east, seems to bob alone in the sea.
O’Sullivan’s Bar spills it’s tables and chairs out on to the quayside among the drying fishing nets, where Angela and
Dermot can be seen busying themselves collecting glasses and serving customers delicious seafood. A small shop sells groceries and postcards as well as shrimping nets, buckets and spades. It looks as though nothing ever has or ever could happen to disturb its peace. Call in and mention us and Dermot will recount all the Guy's/Murphy's Ryder Cups he's won in French or English....
Well worth a visit!!!! Allez les Bleus…….
Next season we continue our journey through Ireland. Killarney, Adare, Midleton, Youghal, Ballycotton, Shannagarry and Fota Island are on our itinerary…