The Irish pub is such an institution that I wonder why no-one has ever tackled it in a documentary before now. Any visitor to Ireland knows that if you ask for directions, people will give them to you using pubs as landmarks. In rural Ireland the local pub has traditionally been the heart of the community and in big cities like Dublin, pubs are crowded every weekend, recession or no recession.
The Irish Pub interviews publicans from around the country and, as can be seen from the trailer, there are some characters in amongst them. The publicans run or own pubs that have been in the same family for generations and they tell stories throughout the film. There’s even a lovely example in the trailer of a publican being interviewed and talking about how his pub is is a social hub within the community. He then has to interrupt the interview to say hello to a friend: “Howaya, Frankie. Great game!”
Director Alex Fegan’s documentary will be out on October 4th. You can find more information on the film on its Facebook page and on the official site. I for one will be trekking to the cinema to see it.