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The Anglers Rest – Knockmaroon Hill, Strawberry Beds

The Anglers rest has been an institution in West Dublin for years. Long before it’s present incarnation it was a favoured watering hole within easy reach of the City (about 10 mins from City Centre). It is situated on Knockmaroon Hill in the Strawberry Beds next door to the Phoenix Park. Previously this road was the main road to the West, on which Oliver Cromwell’s army marched in 1641. During the 1919-1922 period, Michael Collins would meet his Dublin Castle spies in this pub. In one of these meetings he was handed a list of names & a photograph of a group of enemy agents. The Guinness family have long been associated with the Strawberry Beds area. It was famous for its strawberries, hence the name and also for its fresh water springs. If you listen you can hear the river Liffey flowing, which runs adjacent to the pub. Anglers who fish along the banks frequent it hence it’s name – The Angler’s Rest.In 1840, it was known as Kellys Anglers Rest & in 1899 it was known as Doyles Anglers Rest. In 1999 The Angler’s Rest was transformed into a beautiful restaurant by the Wright family, offering traditional Irish cuisine with an emphasis of on elegant seafood dishes. It has live traditional music sessions and is also an amazing wedding venue, which I can verify as it is where we had our wedding reception ten years ago !

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