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Not a 'cross' word to say for a fine pub

Peggy Kellys
Peggy Kellys

Pub Spy kept it local this past week with a short trip south of the quays to Harold’s Cross, an area we haven’t been to in years.

The Old Commando dismissed the notion that we should walk the 5km journey and insisted we take the pub-mobile.

He was once a regular to the Greyhound track next door to Peggy Kelly’s pub and for nostalgic purposes he decided we’d check it out.

Our designated driver found a parking spot just beyond Kelly’s and after a short walk we arrived thirsty for porter. The cream and red exterior was in very good condition and it was only upstaged by the beautiful interior.

There is a snug area just inside the front door on the right-hand side, but it was quite full when we called, with some of the regulars glued to the bookies TV and sharing tips. The Old Commando got sidetracked on the way to the bar by a display case of miniature toy cars and he revealed to us that he is actually an avid collector. 

“So you do other stuff apart from watch Dublin football then,” the Young Commando joked. 

We managed to secure some stools right beside the taps. The barmaid, who spoke with a foreign accent, served us immediately and it was pints of stout all round with the exception of our designated driver. 

The pints cost €4.65 and while they were slightly more expensive than we expected, they were pure cream. Our designated driver was less than impressed at forking out €2.95 for a mineral and it caused another debate among the group about mineral prices in pubs.

“Wouldn’t you think at least one pub in Ireland would tackle the issue of soft drinks prices,” our designated driver whinged.

There are plenty of options available on draught apart from the usual drinks, with Foster’s, Peroni, Bavaria and San Miguel all making the cut. There was a big crowd in Peggy’s and the vast majority of the mixed clientele were in their early 30s. 

The Young Commando noticed that most of the customers were wearing sports gear, shorts and T-shirts, and he later discovered that they had been participating in some sporting event next door at the greyhound track.

“No better way to reward your hard work and toil than a few drinks,” he remarked.

We stayed for a few moments at the bar, but eventually relocated to the bench seating beside the brown stone fireplace and the lovely solid-fuel stove.

They serve food in Peggy Kelly’s, but it was finished long before we arrived. There are at least seven TVs and a projection screen throughout the bar and there is a very spacious lounge area towards the rear of the bar.

The brown leather bench seating was very comfortable and there was a candle located on each table. It certainly helped add to the atmosphere.

There is an off-licence next door and it seemed to have its fair share of customers also. The staff on duty was kept on the go and they were very polite. We were asked on numerous occasions if everything was okay and if we needed anything. 

The Old Commando decided he would inspect the loos this week and he reported no faults. There are three cubicles, six urinals, three sinks, an electric dryer, the skylight was clean and the cream and black tiles were very nice.

There’s live music in this pub every Friday night and we’d love to come back some night to hear it. We had a great time in Peggy Kelly’s pub and a memorable trip to Harold’s Cross. We promise not to leave it so long next time.