James Joyce

The oldest bar in the world is in Ireland. Archeological records have found that the walls of Sean’s Bar have been around, and serving, since 900 AD. Further, there are records of every owner of the pub back to its 10th century founding. It opened over 1100 years ago.

Sean’s Bar, the World’s Oldest Watering Hole A frosty pint is something special at Sean’s Bar in the central Ireland town of Athlone. The iconic public house rests in a time-honored Irish neighborhood on the River Shannon’s bank and is the oldest bar in the world, dating back to 900 AD. In the 1970’s, construction …

The oldest bar in the world is in Ireland. Archeological records have found that the walls of Sean’s Bar have been around, and serving, since 900 AD. Further, there are records of every owner of the pub back to its 10th century founding. It opened over 1100 years ago. Read More »

In 1920s Paris, James Joyce would get drunk, start fights, and then hide behind Ernest Hemingway for protection, screaming, “Deal with him, Hemingway!”

Published in the 1634 book A General History of Ireland by Geoffrey Keating, and Patrick Weston Joyce’s A History of Ireland in 1880, it was widely known. Two of the earliest and most influential vampire novels were written by Irishmen – Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla, as well as Stoker’s classic – suggesting that local legend …

In 1920s Paris, James Joyce would get drunk, start fights, and then hide behind Ernest Hemingway for protection, screaming, “Deal with him, Hemingway!” Read More »