Could i recommend my home town of Dungiven (Co. Derry), its filled with Pubs (and the Castle on this link is now a hostel). Looks great in the photos with Benbradagh Mountain just behind it. Dunno why i decided to come live in London!!
Ah Evelyn, I used to do it all the time. Me and a few mates would travel up and down the country in search of great Guinness, great fishing and great traditional music. Achill Island was our hotspot, Keem Bay on a good day is the most beautiful place i have ever seen. And a night in Johnny McHales pub in Castlebar, or Matt Molloys in Westport is as good a session as you could find anywhere in the world in my opinion. Great pubs make the difference. Did you know i was the one that initially reccommended The Celt in Talbot Street to Jess? You guys are gonna have a cracking session there, im envious as hell. The wee man that plays the guitar there is great oul craic. The landlord is from Offaly but ive forgotten his name, i had a great oul yarn with him one all-dayer when i went down from Belfast to visit some pals for a few days. Mulligans in Poolbeg st, is my second choice in Dublin, what a spot, like an old speakeasy...i met a man called John the Postman in Budapest who told me to go there, he wasnt in when i landed but everyone knew who i was talking about. Small world....especially in Ireland.
Okay, how much is the Irish Tourist board paying you guys?
There are still so many places I'd like to visit, but if you don't have a car it's a bit difficult. And if you tend to wait for good weather, you won't get out of your house most of the time.
Ah you know what your're up to so Joe! Mulligans was my haunt in Dublin - I went to college nearby. You know the way all the journalists and hacks from the Irish Times hang out there - well, they banned the use of mobile phones in the pub because so many were going off all the time. That's the kind of place it is, i.e. great.
I dont think I'm gonna make it to the Drinking Session with Raven, Pardus et al this time. But I'm gonna keep my eyes peeled for the next one.
How are things working out for you in London?
I've been to Mulligan's on Monday, fab place, nice atmosphere. A friend of mine told me that he went there with his father who used to work for the newspaper in the fifties and has been to the place very often during that time but not for decades afterwards. And when he came he said that the place looks exactly the same as when he was there last, including the wallpaper and everything.
I have to go there more often. I have to check out some more pubs, I haven't been to the Brazen Head yet - am not much of a Drinker and have no social life.
yep mulligans is stuck in time. the brazen head isn't a bad spot either. i used to like Isaac Butts across from the bus station but i hear it's closed down now.
Kehoes off Grafton St. is another pub that looks like you wandered into someone's house. Really like there as well
Aye, Londons been grand. I've been here 2 1/2 years so i know my way around rightly and have met loads of people who are blow-ins themselves, lots of Antipodeans and Celts, the place is jammed with us.
Time to go though, im off travelling for 15 months on the 13th Feb and when thats over, God knows what i'll do, i'll worry about that at the time.
.....might send the cv to Bord Failte
India, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and then Australia for a year...then back for the World Cup in Germany in June 2006 if Ireland qualify. Its a hard life.....
ohhh i'm so behind in the conversation, was at a pub lunch anyway gotta agree that the west is the best in ireland !!! my fav's are galway and kerry, oh and i'm northside dub !!! none of that southside nonsense.... but i'm not a scummer - i swear