The Irish Pub

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.

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3 thoughts on “The Irish Pub

  1. The Mowl

    As a roving Dubliner journeyman and Irish musician in general, it strikes me as an odd thing to note that no matter where in the world you travel to, no matter how obscure the location, language, or culture – you’re sure to find two things at the heart of it all.

    One, sadly enough, is the local McDonalds fat bastard garbage food emporium. The other, and usually at the heart of all local festivity, is the traditional Irish pub.

    From Crumlin to Gdansk, from Helsinki to Osaka, no matter the currency, political persuasion, or religious belief system, the one true Irish church of far flung worship is one the biggest money-spinning exports we have.

    Yet our own local bars and lounges are shutting up, closing down, and laying off at an unprecedented rate.

    Factor in a bit of Arthur’s Day bullshit and one begins to see a pattern emerge. No matter how many times I’ve campaigned Diageo to get on board with Irish music as an international export worthy of relatively minor point of sale sponsorship from the flagship, the answer is always the same.

    A big fat no – with a thick creamy head.

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