Pubs of Ireland

Sep 25, 2013

I love Irish pubs for a lot of different reasons. Doug_Ness-10
First off, there’s the physical character of the pubs: old everything, nothing phony or fancy, but genuine and real. Then, there’s the people: people of all ages getting along, talking with each other in their wonderful brogues, singing, dancing, not watching TV (unless it’s soccer or snooker). There is still very much the “public house” feel of yesteryear, where neighbors would congregate to wind down, discuss the days events with friends, sip on a Guinness, before TV and the internet kept us all in our homes. And the music, the “trad sessions” that one can still find every night in the west of Ireland in places like Doolin, Ennis, Clifden, and Westport. Locals coming to play music with each other, sitting in the corner of the pub, unpaid, for the sheer enjoyment of sharing their music with others. It’s a lovely part of the world. Indeed, it feels like stepping back in time.

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