This is not a Dublin Pub
You may have noticed that the frequency of our posts wasn't up to much for the merry month of June. We must assure you that we haven’t gotten tired of talking shite about boozers just yet. We were simply out conducting some field tests and formulating data for future use – or to put it more succinctly; we’ve been flat out on the pints.
The last few weeks saw the return of two of the lads, two solid pintmen who’d gone to seek their fortune in lands afar. Like any decent emigrants they returned to holy ground with an unwavering thirst for decent stout. And given that their repatriation was only temporary, we’d a lot of drinking miles to cover. We’ve taken in many boozers and there’s plenty of tales ripe for transcription and a few pictures that need to be reshot in sobriety.
We happened to be in Bundoran recently and we couldn't pass up the opportunity to drop into Brennan’s –a pub in league with the likes of The Gravedigger’s or Mulligan’s. Untouched in decades it’s a living, breathing relic and given that we thought we’d stick it up here even though it’s well outside the pale.
The Criterion Bar (as it's also called) is staffed by two adorable yet formidable elderly ladies who also live in the building. There are 3 rules in Brennan’s: no music, no TV and no swearing. The staff even knocked a bit of craic out of one of the lads gently reminding him of the no music rule, having noticed a guitar which he had in tow.
We took a cosy alcove opposite the end of the bar and indulged in the type of craic that bars like this were built for: conversation, storytelling, joke-telling, craic! We agreed that the pub is the homeliest any of us had been in. One of the lads even stumbled upon one of the owners in their sitting room in his search for the jaxx. He returned remarking how the hallway smelled of Mass, it did!
Other than a shy member of the gang getting scolded for cursing we’ve no major story. The overriding memory of the visit is one of fuzzy nostalgia. We left as if leaving our granny’s gaff, feeling we were welcome back at any time. We implore you to visit Brennan’s if you’re in the vicinity. You won’t regret it.