Frank O’Briens Traditional Pub and Grocery
It’s many accolades include oldest pub in Athy, one of best family pubs in Ireland, and one of the Sunday Tribune’s top one hundred pubs in Ireland. More than that, “Frank’s as it is commonly known, it has been a centre of Kildare history and sports through the four continuous generations of the O’Brien family that have occupied the premises.
Passers-by have included thousands of emigrants and their offspring from as far afield as The Falkland Islands, Newfoundland, South Africa, Hong Kong and Van Diemen’s Land. In fact, Frank still has his grandfather’s ledger for one way tickets bought on credit for the “ferry” from Cobh to Baltimore back in the 1880s.
O’Brien’s Grocery and Bar
Tel. (+353) 59 86 31480
A Historical Landmark
A shop front that has not changed in one hundred and thirty four years. Where if you look closely you can still see the tie-up loops that the men would tie the reins to park the horse– donkey– and cart, so they could fill up on coal or turf while the wives did their groceries, and later of course, reward themselves with a pint of plain.