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Dublin Pubs - A Walk Down Memory Lane - The Brazen Head, Bridge Street

Updated: Mar 13, 2021

The oldest pub in Ireland and the fifth oldest restaurant in the world, this piece of history dates back to 1198, making it 822 years old !! It is located on Bridge Street in the area where Dublin got it's name. In Irish, Dublin is called Baile Atha Cliath, which means the The Town of the Ford of Reed Hurdles. Prior to the construction of a bridge reed matting was placed on the river bed to allow travellers to cross at low tide. This pub is definitely worth crossing the bridge for ... it oozes atmosphere and history. It's name relates to a 13th Century legend of a bronze head on a marble plinth that could predict the future. I would love to know where it is now !!

It also played an important part in our history. Robert Emmet stayed in a room in the hostelry and there he would meet with his colleagues to plan the Rising of 1803. Sadly the rebellion failed and Robert Emmet was hanged in the nearby Thomas Street. Ironically the Hangman also frequented the Brazen Head and it is rumoured that the ghost of Robert Emmet haunts the building. It was also the meeting place of Michael Collins and the United Irishmen when they were planning the 1916 Rising and the 1922 Civil War. But it wasn't all doom and gloom ... Brendan Behan, Jonathan Swift and James Joyce were regulars too and it got a mention in " Ulysses " as a place where you got a decent enough do for a bob ! One of the best Irish music venues too with an amazing session on Sunday afternoons.

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