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“This is a good place for casual dining. It is very popular though so you may need a reservation at the weekends.”
  • 4 locals recommend
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“It has a very interesting owner who runs the local museum and is involved in the High Nelly vintage bike club. It has a very relaxed atmosphere.”
  • 2 locals recommend
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“Owner Emma O’Brien reckons the session at Clancy’s “is unique as it’s the longest running traditional music session in Ireland.” In fact, 2016 saw Clancy’s celebrate its 50th year of trad sessions. The pub has even created a free traditional music festival called TradAthy, which is held during the May bank holiday weekend. But it’s the Thursday night gatherings of the traditional musicians in Clancy's back room that has given the pub its unique position in Irish music circles. Visitors come away really impressed at the quality of the music played there, according to Emma. Their session is open to everybody – singers and storytellers included. “Clancy’s is simply about the ceol agus craic (music and fun), meeting new people and playing some tunes,” according to Seamus Byrne, the longest member of Clancy’s session. Visitor Brian Faye says, “Clancy’s music session is like a family to me. I’m from the Isle of Wight and visit the session regularly. The atmosphere and wellbeing of the people make me feel at home.” The Athy pub has had its fair share of famous performers, too: Francie Conway from The Fureys, musician Mickey Joe Harte, singer Eleanor Shanley, Frankie Lane from the original Fleadh Cowboys, actor John Hurt and former Planxty members and trad superstars – Liam O’Flynn and Donal Lunny. Flooded with legendary singers and a session that’s still going strong, maybe it’s time to head to Clancy’s?”
  • 3 locals recommend
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“Great landlord, trad night every other Wednesdy and live music most weekends”
  • 2 locals recommend
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“A shop front that has not changed in one hundred and thirty four years. Where if you look closely you can still see the tie-up loops that the men would tie the reins to park the horse– donkey– and cart, so they could fill up on coal or turf while the wives did their groceries, and later of course, reward themselves with a pint of plain. Its many accolades include oldest pub in Athy, one of best family pubs in Ireland, and one of the Sunday Tribune's top one hundred pubs in Ireland. Most recently, Frank himself was vividly portrayed in Bill Barich's well-received " A Pint of Plain", which has been reviewed in most of the major international newspapers. But beyond all of this notoriety, "Frank's", as it most commonly known, has been a centre of Kildare history and sports through the four continuous generations of the O’Brien family that have occupied the premises.”
  • 2 locals recommend
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  • 1 local recommends
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“Treacy's is one of Ireland's oldest traditional pubs and one of its best known landmarks, famed for its quality food, golden straw thatched roof and unique character. The restaurant serves the best in home cooked food all day. Ingredients are locally sourced and freshly prepared in house by top chefs. This is quality home cooking at it's best. Established since 1780, Treacy’s is one of the oldest premises in Ireland whose tradition has been continued and maintained in the same family. The seventh and eighth generation of Treacy’s now serve its customers. Just a 6 minute drive from where you are and definitely worth a visit. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
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  • 1 local recommends

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