Want to add a little authenticity to your St. Patrick's Day celebration? Consider touring the Historic Pubs of Dublin with author Frank McCourt. Settle in with a pint and this one hour 2008 PBS Home Video production (available on Netflix Instant) becomes a virtual pub crawl.
Dublin is a great place to quench your thirst for history, beautiful sights, warm and wonderful people, and, of course, a good pint! Join Frank McCourt, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Angela's Ashes as he tells the story of Dublin through its most historic pubs, dating back hundreds of years. In addition to the legendary drinking establishments, viewers will learn more about must-see attractions, the city's beautiful parks, and more! (from amazon)The tour begins at The Brazen Head. Dating back to 1198, it is officially Ireland's oldest pub and literally depicts the country's history on its walls. McCourt, ever the teacher, doesn't pass up the opportunity for a brief lesson.
Mulligan's is a pub for the serious drinker. They say "real men stand while drinking", and all furniture was banished in the early 20th century. It has since been restored, but there is still no food is served at Mulligan's. A bar tender offers instruction of how to pull the perfect pint. A pint, of course, means Guinness - "part of life fabric in Dublin".
At Neary's, extended brass arms hold lanterns to welcome guests,
and The Long Hall (which served only men until 1951) boasts one of the longest bars in Dublin.
Although the focus is on pubs (too many to mention here), McCourt's tour also stops at Dublin Castle, Trinity College, Dublin Writer's Museum, the Old Jameson Distillery, and the Guinness Storehouse. Legend has it that in Dublin, you're never more than twenty paces from a pub!
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Oh this looks great. I've already added it to my NetFlix instant queue. It'll make fun viewing tonight!ReplyDelete
Beth F - I'm so glad you got a chance to see it!Delete
I can't think of a better fit for a host of this one than Frank McCourt :)ReplyDelete
TheBookGirl - McCourt was the perfect choice for a host!Delete
Those pubs look just gorgeous.ReplyDelete
Rikki - I'd love to see them in person one day!Delete
This sounds great. And I love Frank McCourt! Thanks for the reference!ReplyDelete
Rhapsodyinbooks - You're welcome. I love Frank McCourt, too!Delete
Perfect gift for my husband! We stopped at quite a few pubs as well as Guinness when we were there for our honeymoon. It would be a great trip down memory lane.ReplyDelete
Lisa - This would be perfect for you!Delete
How much is that. I'll have to add this to my queue to watch with my husband. I do plan on having a pint later today. I'm obviously not Irish or I'd be having it now. Ha.ReplyDelete
Peaceful Reader - LOL! I'm only half Irish, so waited until after 5 myself ;-)Delete
I'm sure Frank McCourt have some real personal, authentic recommendations! Have enjoyed his books.ReplyDelete
Arti - McCourt added some wonderful stories and anecdotes to the tour. I loved Angela's Ashes.Delete
Oh fun!! I feel like I have taken a little trip to Ireland!ReplyDelete
Libby - It's the closest I'll get to Ireland for a while, too!Delete
So true, that last sentence! Love Frank McCourt--he would be a wonderful guide.ReplyDelete
DS - McCourt was a perfect choice for tour guide, and the 20 paces stat did make me smile :-)Delete
saw your link of at ds's and i love pubs so popped over....i've had some pretty fantastic pub food as well....ReplyDelete
Brian Miller - Thanks so much for stopping by! I've enjoyed a few pubs in London, but have never been to Ireland... sure hope to visit one day.Delete
i have been in a couple of those..but give me a country pub anyday.ReplyDelete
Caite - As I wrote the post, I wondered if you'd visited any of them. Would have loved to watch another tour featuring country pubs!Delete
I have never been to a pub-nor have I even drank a whole beer by myself! I bet my son (age 26 mind you!) might like this show... I shall have to tell him about it!ReplyDelete
Kim - LOL! Sometimes there's nothing better than a cozy pub :-)Delete
This sounds fun! Great looking pubs, wouldn't mind stopping in to a few of those those if I could!ReplyDelete
Carol - Watching this video is like taking a one hour vacation.Delete
Thanks for sharing this great post; I'm putting it in my Netflix queue. I met Frank's brother Malachy at a book signing in Central New York and I just adore the McCourt brothers.ReplyDelete
Diane - I've never read Malachy's books, but really should. Frank was a speaker at the Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series- twice!Delete
This sounds like so much fun - not quite as good as being in Dublin but a worthy substitute when that just isn't possible.ReplyDelete
Marg - Would have rather been in Dublin on St. Patrick's Day, but this was definitely the next best thing :-)Delete
Thanks for this! Will definitely be watching it in the next few day!ReplyDelete
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Joy - Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!Delete
Hi JoAnn! Sounds like a wonderful documentary and perfect viewing for this St. Patrick's Day weekend.ReplyDelete
Christine - The timing for discovering this documentary was ideal!Delete
How cool is this post???? I love it and will add it to my list on Netflix. Should be fun to follow along with Frank and make a wish list for the time I actually do get there!ReplyDelete
Staci - I added quite of few stops to my imaginary itinerary, too!Delete