This boozer’s worth every last Shilling
THE FULL SHILLING, FINGLAS, CO. DUBLIN
THE Old Commando insisted we stay in the capital this past week, as he wanted to soak up as much of the atmosphere ahead of Dublin’s All-Ireland football semi-final today.
“There’s bound to be a great atmosphere everywhere. The whole county is just itching for the ball to be thrown in,” the Old Commando intoned as we left HQ.
We travelled 20 minutes north of the city centre and found ourselves in Finglas, home to many famous GAA players, soccer players, musicians, comedians and actors.
“Isn’t your man O’Carroll from around here, boss? You know your man, Mrs Brown,” the Young Commando asked.
“He is indeed,” the Old Commando replied. “And Bono’s from up the road. But I’d be more interested in meeting Jason Sherlock or Charlie Redmond with the week that’s in it.”
We arrived in Finglas late in the evening and the Young Commando suggested we check out The Full Shilling bar on the Jamestown road.
The pub itself is located off the road and through a gateway/archway so we walked in having parked the pubmobile across the road.
We were greeted by a friendly barman who served us without delay and he engaged us in conversation immediately.
“Well, will we take Mayo Sunday?” the barman enquired.
“There’s nothing more sure,” the Old Commando quickly replied.
The pint of stout set us back €4.70 each and our Culchie Commando was shocked to learn that if we stayed until midnight the price would rise to €5.50.
We took our seats on the left-hand side of the pub in a spacious lounge area where it was quite busy with a predominately male clientele. We saw at least six TVs and a projection screen and one of the TVs was easily 10-foot wide.
It was very impressive and we’re sure this would be a great place to watch the Dubs and Mayo in action if you’re unfortunate enough not to have a ticket.
“If I’ve to sit on the roof, I’ll be there,” the Old Commando said.
“I don’t like watching matches in the pub as there are too many commentators and 99 per cent of them know nothing,” he grumbled.
The swivel barstools were in good condition and there is certainly no shortage of seating throughout this very spacious pub.
The large, solid-fuel stove in the yellow brick fireplace is visible from both sides and is a lovely feature. We couldn’t fault the floor for cleanliness, but some of the tiles are cracked and we reckon they are there a long time.
While The Full Shilling is a very modern pub, it does have its vintage side also, as we noticed a bicycle and an old wooden four-wheel cart hanging from the ceiling.
There is a pool table on the right-hand side of the bar as you walk in but it was covered over and nobody was playing, much to the delight of the Old Commando.
There is a roof-top beer garden in this pub also but the weather wasn’t good enough for us to try it out. There is also a beautiful timber decking area at the front.
The Young Commando checked out the toilets and said they were immaculately clean but that one of the cubicle locks was broken. It was the only fault he could find and he said they were well maintained otherwise.
It was our first trip to The Full Shilling but we hope it won’t be our last.
It has been pencilled in to the pub diary for another time in the future and we hope it’ll be another worthwhile trip.
**** Four-pint rating