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Highest pub in Ireland?

Emma B 17 Sep 03 - 03:59 PM
MartinRyan 17 Sep 03 - 05:42 PM
Emma B 17 Sep 03 - 07:07 PM
GUEST 17 Sep 03 - 07:16 PM
Raggytash 17 Sep 03 - 07:32 PM
David Ingerson 17 Sep 03 - 07:41 PM
GUEST,ron 17 Sep 03 - 10:59 PM
brioc 18 Sep 03 - 12:24 PM
Emma B 18 Sep 03 - 01:21 PM
MartinRyan 18 Sep 03 - 01:47 PM
GUEST,John & Marie / Glanlee Valley 18 Sep 03 - 01:52 PM
GUEST 18 Sep 03 - 05:37 PM
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McGrath of Harlow 18 Sep 03 - 08:23 PM
maldenny 19 Sep 03 - 02:10 PM
Herga Kitty 19 Sep 03 - 03:24 PM
Banjo-Flower 19 Sep 03 - 04:39 PM
Verna 01 Oct 03 - 03:48 PM
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Jimmy C 01 Oct 03 - 04:53 PM
GUEST 05 Oct 03 - 10:14 AM
Emma B 05 Oct 03 - 10:46 AM
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MartinRyan 16 Mar 09 - 07:47 AM
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Subject: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: Emma B
Date: 17 Sep 03 - 03:59 PM

Top of Coom, at 1056ft, is reputed to be the highest pub in Ireland and has connections with the late Sean O'Riada whose family home is at nearby Ballyvourney. If not the highest (Johnny Foxes also lays claim) it must be the most 'schizophrenic' as the pub is in Kerry and the land surrounding it is in Cork - an interesting situation last week during the all Ireland Hurling championship!
Had a wonderful session there last Thursday with local muscians and singers and more recent arrivals including Ray and Verna (Upton etc.) and John and Marie (Ingleton) Thanks to the Landlady's daughter Julie for a great evening/early morning - if you're ever going over the Cork and Kerry mountains don't forget to call in.


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: MartinRyan
Date: 17 Sep 03 - 05:42 PM

As mentioned HERE!

Regards


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: Emma B
Date: 17 Sep 03 - 07:07 PM

The arcane knowledge of Mudcatters never ceases to amaze me! The townland is actually Coolea not Glenlea but I suppose some poetic licence is permitted. I'll certainly send a copy to Eileen (the landlady); I gather the hunt for a tune is still on!

Thanks Martin - have you been there?


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Sep 03 - 07:16 PM

In 2002 we were in a pub in Killea. We got pretty high there but but not that high.

Bev and Jerry


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: Raggytash
Date: 17 Sep 03 - 07:32 PM

I'll probably be in Glengariff next Easter, and I know the pass through the Caha Mountains down to Kenmare, where do I find this bar ?


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: David Ingerson
Date: 17 Sep 03 - 07:41 PM

I have pleasant memories of several visits to the Top of Coom, thanks to the warm hospitality of Eonie and Rachel O'Suillibhan of Coolea, and have heard My Home in Sweet Glenlea in a pub in Ballymakeera (just down the road from Ballyvourney). The Coom is also mentioned in the song The ESB in Coolea. Both these songs are in The Songs of Cork. I'll post more info about that wonderful little book when I get home.

A cursory search of the DT did not turn up ESB in Coolea. I'll see if I can enter the words and post them soon.

I have heard that three pubs claim the "highest pub" distinction: the Top of Coom, one in the Wicklows and one in Donegal (I think).

David


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: GUEST,ron
Date: 17 Sep 03 - 10:59 PM

the highest pub in Ireland is in Roundwood Co. Wicklow
I know I was there 3 weeks ago


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: brioc
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 12:24 PM

thank you don,!
That pub in roundwood was always are ham&crisps and pint stop when we cycled from dublin to Glenmalure to go camping at weekends! For the life of me I can't remember the name of it though?::::::::
Brigid


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: Emma B
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 01:21 PM

The ESB in Coolea is usually known as 'Fifty Years Ago' Not got time to check under this title as I'm off to Otley in 10 mins
The pub in Wicklow is Johnnie Fox's but they don't give their altitude! It is extensively advertised and more than a little larger than the hidden gem in Coolea.


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: MartinRyan
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 01:47 PM

The Roundwood Inn?

Regards


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?/ Coom Not Coolea
From: GUEST,John & Marie / Glanlee Valley
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 01:52 PM

We live in the Glanlee Valley, the townland is 'Mouying', not Coolea. Coolea is actually a village nearby, approximately 8 miles away. 'The Beauty Spot Glanlee' is a well known local song complete with tune, and many of the locals sing this very long song regularly, including eileens daughter from the top of coom.The song was written many years ago by a previous neighbour of ours, sadly no longer with us.We never actually got to meet him, but the song is very descriptive of the area and the warm and friendly nature of the people who live here, although the person that wrote this song had never been to any of the far flung places mentioned in it. The top of coom is our 'local' , and we normally play there on Sunday afternoons (5.00pm onwards) and Thursday evenings(10.00pm onwards Ish). If anyone wants directions we would be happy to provide them.

John & Marie ( The Blow-Ins )
freespirit9@eircom.net


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 05:37 PM

To get to Top of Coom....try for the Beara Peninsula, take a left on the road out of Ballyvourney where you should be going straight, climb a rather steep road along side a raging torrent of a brook, and don't let the sheepdog that lies in wait on the side of that road scare you. When the road flattens a bit and you think you can see the other side, look to your left and there is a pub there.

It helps if your just off the plane and are still a bit groggy; if you have three maps and a grand sense of adventure; and you haven't had your first Guinness.

I'm guessing that it was about 5 km west of Ballyvourney...just before leaving Cork for Kerry.


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 05:52 PM

sounds as if you had already hit the guiness and where lost from your directions. Oh by the way has any one been to all three pubs with a G.P.S. yet to solve the mystery


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 18 Sep 03 - 08:23 PM

At one time I reckon that would have been Black Toms in Cahir, which had a smoking gallery - but that's all gone, and it's a Chinese Restaurant now.


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: maldenny
Date: 19 Sep 03 - 02:10 PM

Spent a few days with Marie & John about a year ago. The highest pub in Ireland is just up the road from the oldest pub in Ireland! It's a lovely area and musicians are really welcome in the pubs. I'm the first case of Guinness-induced diabetes I've heard of - my own fault entirely!!


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 19 Sep 03 - 03:24 PM

I wish this thread had been put up before I went to Kenmare in July!

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: Banjo-Flower
Date: 19 Sep 03 - 04:39 PM

Hi Kitty did you get in the ' Square Pint'?

Gerry


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: Verna
Date: 01 Oct 03 - 03:48 PM

We regularly attend the session at Top o Coom with John & Marie as we too, live in the area although we have to confess to living on the Cork side of the mountain.

We have an altemeter in our 4x4 so watch out we will do some checking!!


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 01 Oct 03 - 04:31 PM

Gerry - it was a very brief weekend trip, for a special birthday meal in the Park Hotel, and apart from me, Tim Edwards and Jum Mageean singing to ourselves in the Park Hotel we didn't even get to any music. Will have to make another trip some time.

Verna - it's great to know that you and Ray are doing such useful research since leaving Yatton. If you want a Christmas card this year, e-mail me your new snail mail address!

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: Jimmy C
Date: 01 Oct 03 - 04:53 PM

AS far as I know, the highest pub in Ireland is " The Ponderosa" on top of the Glenshane Pass on the road from Derry to Donegal. I know it is definitely the highest in Ulster, after reading the above posts, perhaps it's only the 2nd highest in Ireland. I myself have been quite high in some of the lowest pubs on the island.


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Oct 03 - 10:14 AM

Hi Verna

Having seen rays driving we can quite understand the need for an altimeter.

just off shortly to the high pub, for some music

see you there?

John & Marie


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: Emma B
Date: 05 Oct 03 - 10:46 AM

Have a Murphys for me - hope the gents has stayed 'fixed!'
Thanks again, Marie and John, for the music (especially the opportunity to try a hurdy gurdy) and hospitalty I've got some nice photos from Cape Clear, Top of Coom bar, the farm and Ballingeary (including the loos - that could be a thread on its own!)
John Murphy sends his love from Tipperary and is hoping to get a band together in the near future - hopefully in time for the festival season next year


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: GUEST,john &marie
Date: 06 Oct 03 - 03:34 PM

hi emma do you mean the loo at our place or the loos at gouganbarra so glad you enjoyed yourself by next year we hope to have the barn up and running so we will have a self contained cottage for rent in the kerry mountains         all the best J&M


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: Raggytash
Date: 06 Oct 03 - 03:50 PM

John & Marie,
If I'm staying in Glengariff (with 9 other singers, guitar players, I won;t say musicians we're not that good, except for our fiddle player)
how do we find your bar


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: GUEST,John & Marie
Date: 08 Oct 03 - 01:04 PM

Raggytash

Our email is :- freespirit9@eircom.net. If you drop us a line we will sort you out with directions etc. We normally play up at the high pub on thursday evenings (10.00 onwards) and sunday afternoons (5.00 onwards. It's a very laid back 'join in' sort of thing and everyone is welcome. Other sessions nearby are Kilgarvan on a tuesday night at 'Paudies' pub, and friday night at ballingeery, at 'seortons'. All very welcoming for singers and musicians.

When are you coming over?

Looking forward to meeting you

Cheers

J&M


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Mar 09 - 06:46 AM

What brought me to this link is that I was looking for the words of the song Glanlee. I heard it sung a few times - most recently by John A. Murphy (U.C.C.). Anyone got the lyrics please
bobfromcork@gmail.com
Thanks in advance,
Bob


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: MartinRyan
Date: 16 Mar 09 - 07:47 AM

The original title was "The traveller all over the world" though it's also known as "My home in Sweet Glenlee". Click here for the words.

regards

p.s. email sent


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 16 Mar 09 - 11:44 AM

There was a pub - I forget the name - that was blown up during the Troubles. It hasn't come down yet.
Would that make it the highest pub in Ireland?

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: GUEST,Frank Kennedy
Date: 16 Mar 09 - 02:30 PM

Seamy, the "Hunting Lodge" on Stewartston Road was up in the air for a long time but it's back on the ground again now. Happy Saint Paddy's day


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: Musket
Date: 16 Mar 09 - 02:40 PM

I always thought it was Johnny Foxes.

But I possibly read it on one of their signs..... (Got the best bus in the car park anyhow.)


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 16 Mar 09 - 02:51 PM

Happy St. Pat's Day yourself, Frank. Long time, etc.
Still in the Detroit area?
Why don't you become a member here (it's easy) and PM me so we can exchange e-mail addresses.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Mar 09 - 08:59 PM

I'm looking for the lyrics of Sweet Glanlee please. Anyone out there who can help?? Thanks,
Bob


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: Jeri
Date: 16 Mar 09 - 09:25 PM

Bob, read the thread.
    The original title was "The traveller all over the world" though it's also known as "My home in Sweet Glenlee". Click here for the words.


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: MartinRyan
Date: 17 Mar 09 - 05:10 AM

He got there!

Regards


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Aug 09 - 10:17 AM

what is the addaress and phone number of this pub?


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 10 Aug 09 - 10:37 AM

Dunno about the highest pub in Ireland, but I've drunk in what I preume must have been the most westerly pub in Ireland, and logically the most westerly pub in Europe. It was over forty years ago, so I can't remember much about it, but we were camped on the cliffs just opposite the Great Blasket and the pub was within walking distance. So it must have been in Ballyickeen.


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: Joe_F
Date: 10 Aug 09 - 09:06 PM

A glance at a contour map makes me wonder why the highest *anything* in Ireland should be of note. I am reminded of a time when I caused some hilarity among friends in Colorado by mentioning that in New Hampshire one could get some kind of formal recognition of having climbed all peaks higher than 4000 ft.

Also, I once heard that the highest point in (I think it was) Iowa was in somebody's cornfield, and the owner had left a path to the nearest road for the use of tourists, with a sign saying "Trail to Summit". But that is the kind of thing people make up.


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: Raggytash
Date: 11 Aug 09 - 04:14 AM

The most westerly I think is Krugers Bar, just to the west of Ballyferiter, I don't know the name of the townland


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Dec 09 - 07:50 AM

its a dump so are the staff


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: ossonflags
Date: 31 Dec 09 - 02:33 PM

I think that would be Dunquin Raggy.


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: Mingulay
Date: 31 Dec 09 - 06:21 PM

When staying near and drinking in Roundwood way back in the late 60's I was given to understand that it was the highest village in Ireland. I can't for the life of me remember the names of the pubs there but it was in one of them that I was propelled on to the stage by my (so called) mates one Saturday night and introduced as "one of the lads from England is going to give us a song". My first ever time in front of an audience. It must have gone down reasonably well as I returned to our table to find it covered in pints of black stuff donated by tone deaf locals. I'm stil not sure how we managed to drive back to our tents that night.


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Subject: RE: Highest pub in Ireland?
From: GUEST,Paulline
Date: 08 Jan 10 - 02:30 PM

My husband was born in Roundwood, Co. Wicklow. His family owned what was then agreed to be the highest pub in ireland - The Vartry Heights.   Subsequently on his travels he met up with a lady who reckoned she was the owner of the highest pub in Ireland - which is in Coolea, Co. Cork.

The argument has not been resolved!!


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