Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Molloy's Pub, 59 Talbot Street

Dublin is famous for it's pubs and many of them are architectural gems dating back to Victorian times. There is a strong connection between Dublin pubs and many of our famous authors - perhaps because many of them like Brendan Behan and Patrick Kavanagh were fond of the "black stuff"(Guinness). In fact there are organized "pub crawls" that take in some of the more famous pubs, especially those visited by Leopold Bloom on his walk around Dublin in Ulysses. Some (like The Irish House on Wood Quay) were sadly destroyed during the destruction of parts of old Dublin in the 1960's and 70's to be replaced by ugly office blocks.
I have my own particular favourites and I will hopefully feature some of them over the next few months, but I will start with this lovely corner pub - Molloy's, a listed building on the corner of Talbot Street and Talbot Place. It is usually busy and attracts a mixture of locals and commuters because of it's proximity to Connolly train station and Busarus, Dublin's main bus station.

8 comments:

steviewren said...

I love the lovely architecture. It is very inviting. Who are the carved heads?

Blogaire said...

I enquired about the carved heads but in pubs many tall tales are told so I do not have a definitive answer.
But in olden days many craftsmen/sculptors carved an image of themselves or that of a family member or friend. Further investigation required!

Protege said...

Ah, the famous Irish pubs, who have not heard about those.;)
Even in my town we have two Irish pubs; one is called "Tír na nÓg", the land of forever young.;)
And who doesn't love Guinness.;))
Great picture as well.;)
xo
Zuzana

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Great Architecture !! Fantastic post !!

valeria said...

I tried the Guinness years ago and I did not like it.
I'm sure I'd enjoy it if I was in a real Irish Pub!

Valerie said...

You (I) don't have to be a drinker to appreciate these marvellous old pubs. I await with eager anticipation the rest of the pictures and hope to see the ones I photographed when I was a visitor to your wonderful country.

Thank you for your very nice comment about my stories, in case you're interested I just posted a sequel... a closure to that particular tale.

Anonymous said...

Don't go to Molloys on Talbot Street. Guinness is bad and the bar staff are rude and aggressive.

Anonymous said...

I've drank in Molloys, fantastic pint of Guinness, one of the cheapest around. I always found the staff to be friendly and polite... but, hay maybe I just got lucky the 20-30 times I was there...