History as long as the bar counter

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My curiousity was piqued recently when I saw that An Síbin pub, up at Vicarstown Cross, won the award for Best Local Pub in the Irish Pub Awards 2019. Winner of 'Best Local Pub' in the Cork Region goes to The Strand Bar in Vicarstown! Congrats guys! #IrishPubAwards2019 #BestLocal #Winners #Awards #PureCork #Cork pic.twitter.com/i3yyduI5OR — VFI (@VFIpubs) September 16, 2019

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Charlotte Catherine Kelly

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St Ann’s Hill Hydro is, unfortunately, long gone now. However it remains a source of fascination for me, and plenty of others too, and while doing research online last year  I came across some information that took me by surprise, mainly because I never thought of the Easter Rising 1916 and the Hydro having much in common! But on the

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Muskerry Light Railway

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During the week I came across a fascinating video on the Twitter account of Irish Family Detective (thanks to Fiona for allowing me to share here). It is a video of the Muskerry tram, from over a hundred and fifteen years ago, as it travels through Leemount Cross, over the bridge where the newly revamped The Angler’s pub is now

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“One giant leap for mankind”

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This day fifty years ago, 20th July 1969, was the first day that a man stood on the moon. There are numerous newspaper articles and podcasts, documentaries, and my personal favorite a Twitter thread on how the astronauts went to the toilet, and stories about the women who ensured that man was able to walk on the moon, reliving the

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“Thanks Hun, Penneys”

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We have all done it, replied to a compliment on an item of clothing we are wearing with “Thanks Hun, Penneys”. It is an accepted way to accept a compliment in a self-deprecating manner that Irish people seem to thrive on. In 1901 there was no such retail available for people, all their clothing was homemade. For many women, however,

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School Days

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Thursday of last week, 27th June 2019, was without a doubt the best start to the holiday season for primary schools – bright blue skies, high temperatures, a shining sun and no school. Seeing how excited the children were having no school to go to it made me think about the children in 1901 and their schooling so I took

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Elections and divorce

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In just over ten days the 2019 Irish local elections will be held for all local authorities in Ireland on Friday, 24 May 2019, this happens on the same day as the 2019 European Parliament election and a referendum easing restrictions on divorce. Divorce first became legal in Ireland in 1996 but prior to 1914 divorce was rare; it was

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#OnThisDay 1911

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The United Kingdom Census 1911 of 2 April 1911 was the 12th nationwide census conducted on the islands Great Britain and Ireland. The morning of the 2nd April March 1911, according to the weather history website, was 6 degrees, sunny with a light breeze. Each household was responsible for filling in the requested information; namely the names, ages, religion, literacy

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Top Five Landlords Blarney 1911

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Housing and the lack of it is a huge problem in Irish society at the moment; after reading yet another horror story of people being forced to pay very high prices for average, and below average, homes I wondered what it was like for our ancestors and who was their landlord. So I looked specifically at the District Electoral Division

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Denis McCarthy Mahony

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Denis McCarthy Mahony, 46,  and his wife Mary, 43, stayed in one of the grand rooms in the main part of the Hydro hotel the night of March 31st 1901. They are recorded as being “Boarders” of the Hydro so more than likely were on a pro-longed visit, usually up to six weeks in order to get the most of

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