The Irish Pub

In this Irish Pub video, the viewer experiences a virtual Ireland pub crawl, without the hangover, viewing color photos of beautiful authentic traditional Irish pubs in Ireland, while listening to Irish music and the witty observations about the Irish pub, spoken by Irish author, musician, entertainer, and Irish TV personality, Shay Healy. May you be blessed with an opportunity to travel to Ireland to visit some of these fine Irish public houses to experience the unique ambience and pleasures that each pub has to offer and apply McCarthy’s 8th Rule of Travel: “Never pass a pub that has your name on it”. Visit to find the perfect Ireland tour to explore some of these pubs in Ireland. Visit to buy colorful Pubs of Ireland posters, and visit to buy colorful Pubs of Ireland eBooks to view anytime of the day on your personal devices! Sláinte!

The Pubs of Ireland video project is an effort to capture and preserve the beautiful architecture and art of the traditional Irish pub, an endangered species in Ireland. The viewer may look at these Pubs of Ireland videos as the start of an historical preservation project, with more Irish pub videos to follow. In the videos,  you will find a collection of my favorite Irish pub photos taken in recent years on numerous trips to Ireland. Pubs have family names (Murphy’s, O’Neills, O’Connor’s, etc.) or specialty theme names (The Anchor Tavern, The Long Hall, etc.) over their doors. Some family names over the door are in the Irish language – O’MurchuFeeneys (O’Murphy) and O’Suilleabain (O’Sullivan). Counties Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Mayo, Sligo, and Limerick are well represented in this Irish pub video collection. The 800+ year old tradition of the Irish pub lives on. The Brazen Head, Ireland’s official oldest pub, opened its doors in Dublin in 1198 AD. It is still going strong today. In most cities and villages throughout Ireland, you will find traditional Irish pubs with unique colorful, artistic, intricately designed fronts, very pleasing to the eye. Unfortunately, pubs in Ireland, especially the rural ones, are closing and disappearing in large numbers due to society changes triggered by no smoking laws and stricter penalties on driving after consuming alcohol. I hope that you enjoy viewing the Irish pub videos.  May you be blessed with an opportunity to visit Ireland to explore these colorful traditional Irish pubs in person and apply McCarthy’s 8th Rule of Travel “Never Pass a Pub That Has Your Name on it!”

THE IRISH PUB by Shay Healy

Finns“It is a place of congregation, a political soap-box, a music venue, a clubhouse, a home from home, a drinking parlour, a holy shrine, a mad house, a boxing ring, a house of laughter, a psychiatrist’s couch and it represents the place that is closest to heaven on an Irishman’s journey through this valley of tears. Whilst it isn’t written into the Irish Constitution that every village, town and city in Ireland is obliged to have a pub, they have them anyway. In towns and cities they are sometimes inclined to be brazen husseys of the trade, reeking of cheap perfume and reckless romance. More times they snuggle, softly and demurely, between a shoe shop and a funeral parlour, its yeast flavoured atmosphere paying homage to the wonder of hops. But the Irish pub is not solely a domestic Irish phenomenon. The Irish pub is a ubiquitous component part of Odonoghuesevery civilized and uncivilized society in the world. It is a magnet for those who like the buzz of dialogue, good-natured banter and music that is joyful. They say an Irishman is the only man in the world who would crawl over a line of naked women to get to a bottle of Guinness. This is a heinous slander, as any Irishman worth his salt would not go for less than two. No namby-pambys need apply. The Irish Pub manifests itself as a late house and early house. There are long halls, secretive rooms called snugs, back-rooms and shebeens. It has inside toilets and outside toilets; but the architecture doesn’t much matter as long as it has the mysterious ingredient known as “the craic.” * You can neither see, touch, or hold it, but it is a universal truth that refuge from the storm, can best be provided by having “the craic” in your local Irish pub.”






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