O'Donoghue's Pub

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O'Donoghue's frontage onto Merrion Row

O’Donoghue’s Pub is a historically significant drinking establishment located at 15 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, Ireland—near St. Stephen's Green on Dublin’s south side. Built in 1789 as a grocery store, it began operating full-time as a pub when purchased by the O’Donoghue family in 1934.


It was August 1962
When I first set foot in O’Donoghue’s
A world of music, friends and booze
Opened up before me
I never could’ve guessed as I walked through the door
Just what the future had in store
A crossroads for my life I saw
Lying there to taunt me.

~ Andy Irvine, 2004

This pub is closely associated with Irish traditional music and was where the popular Irish folk group, The Dubliners, began performing in the early 1960s.

Many other notable Irish musicians—including Séamus Ennis, Joe Heaney, Andy Irvine,[1]:42–45 Christy Moore, The Fureys and Phil Lynott—have played at O’Donoghue’s, and their photographs are displayed in the pub.

Included are portraits of The Dubliners themselves: the five founding members Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Ciaran Bourke, John Sheahan and Barney McKenna, as well as later members Eamonn Campbell and Sean Cannon; these photographs hang to the right of the entrance, where the nightly sessions are played.

Irvine wrote the tribute song "O'Donoghue's", in which he reminisces about his early days in Dublin—when he first started frequenting the pub in August 1962; it was released on the album Changing Trains.

Dessie Hynes from Longford bought the bar from Paddy and Maureen O'Donoghue in 1977 and ran the pub with his family for the next 11 years.

In 1988 O’Donoghue’s was purchased by publicans Oliver Barden and John Mahon. Barden is still the proprietor and continues to run the pub with his family and staff.

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  1. ^ O'Toole, Leagues (2006). The Humours of Planxty. Ireland: Hodder Headline. ISBN 0-340-83796-9. 

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Coordinates: 53°20′17″N 6°15′15″W / 53.338193°N 6.254158°W / 53.338193; -6.254158