Sean's Bar

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Sean's Bar, Athlone

Sean's Bar is a pub in Athlone, Ireland. It claims to be the oldest pub in Ireland, dating back to 900 AD. In 2004 Guinness World Records listed Sean's Bar as the oldest pub in Europe.[1][2][3]

Sean's Bar is located on side Street, Athlone, on the east Bank of the River Shannon, and was originally known as Luain's Inn. It is often colloquially referred to simply as Sean's.

During renovations in 1970, the walls of the bar were found to be made of wattle and wicker, dating back to the tenth century. According to Frommer's travel guide, the bar holds records of every owner since its inception, including when Boy George owned it briefly in 1987.[4]

Music session at Sean's Bar, Athlone

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  1. ^ Whitley, David (October 7, 2006). "Ancients in the modern world". Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Sean’s Bar, Athlone – Oldest Pub in Ireland | Ireland Travel Guide". 2007-08-04. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  3. ^ Fodor's 2012 Ireland. Random House Digital, Inc. December 7, 2011. p. 253. 
  4. ^ Daugherty, Christi (December 27, 2011). Frommer's Ireland (22 ed.). Frommers. p. 493. ISBN 978-1118027653. 

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Coordinates: 53°25′22″N 7°56′32″W / 53.4228°N 7.9422°W / 53.4228; -7.9422