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Dublin Pub Life and Lore – An Oral History of Dublin’s Traditional Irish Pubs

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Dublin Pub Life and Lore – An Oral History of Dublin’s Traditional Irish Pubs

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Dublin is renowned for its amazing profusion of pubs and for its exuberant pub culture. In Dublin Pub Life and Lore, Professor Kevin Kearns examines the history of this phenomenon by speaking to old publicans, barmen and regular customers, relating the story of Dublin pubs and their patrons in an engaging and entertaining fashion.

Traditionally in Ireland, the public house or ‘pub’ was the centre of a community’s social life and a social institution ranking second in importance only to the parish church. Pubs ranged from dusky watering holes frequented by labourers, dockers and shawlies to elegant Victorian gin palaces where the gentry and literati gathered. Along the Dublin quays there were dives filled with scoundrels, prostitutes and misfits of every sort.

Following the success of his bestselling classic Dublin Tenement Life, Kevin Kearns has researched and created a wonderful oral historical chronicle of Dublin’s pub life. Based on conversations with old publicans, pub ‘regulars’ and long-serving barmen, Dublin Pub Life and Lore captures the folklore, customs, characters and wit of the traditional Dublin public house.

Dublin Pub Life and Lore: Table of Contents


  1. History and Evolution of Dublin Public Houses
    Origins and Uses of Alcohol
    A City of Taverns and Alehouses
    Dublin’s Colourful Public Houses
    Drinking Customs of the Social Classes
    Disreputable Drinking Dens
    Proud and Prosperous Publicans
    Dublin Temperance Movement
    Government Inquiry into Intemperance and the Role of Public Houses
    Oral History and Pub Lore

  2. Dublin Pub Culture and Social Life
    The Pub as a Living Social Institution
    The Publican’s Role and Status
    Pub Regulars and Their Local
    Porters, Apprentices and Barmen
    Pubs as IRA Meeting Places
    Women on the “Holy Ground”
    The Pintman and His Pint
    Pub Customs and...

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