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Clancy’s in Granard has friendly locals

Clancy’s in Granard has friendly locals

Clancy’s in Granard has friendly locals

Clancy’s - Granard, Co. Longford

REMEMBER during the summer we were told NPHET was disbanding in October. Oh what might have been, but power is a hard thing to give up.

So An Taoiseach has re-introduced restrictions and has once again targeted the hospitality trade.

“I presume we’re supposed to be grateful that it’s just reduced hours and not closures,” the Young Commando stated, as we drove along the N4 towards Granard in Co Longford.

“I doubt nightclub owners are grateful anyway — 4-5 weeks worth of trade in two years. Hopefully they’ll all remember this when the elections roll around and that can’t come soon enough,” our Female Commando replied.

“Covid will get a woeful shock to the system when it comes lurking around the pubs at 12.01am and everyone is gone to house parties,” the Old Commando joked from the passenger seat of the pub-mobile.

Three years have passed since we visited this town and we were looking forward to checking out Clancy’s pub on the Main Street.

The Old Commando believes this was our first time to drink in this pub and it’s always nice to check out new places. We arrived into the front bar and the barmaid on duty, Brenda, served us immediately.

We instantly took a shine to her with her bubbly personality and good natured ribbing with the locals helping to enhance the atmosphere among the all male clientele, which were mostly middle aged to elderly. The bar is relatively small and it makes it a lot harder to have a private conversation, but this suited the Old Commando as he was only too happy to engage the locals like Willie, Paddy and Mattie on all things GAA.

Every county final from Junior Z to senior football in Longford and the surrounding counties was discussed. There are only two or three tables available in the bar but it was still busy and continued to get busier as time ticked on. Brenda dropped our pints of stout over to our table and costing just €4.40, they are the cheapest pints of stout we’ve drank in 2021 (along with a pub in Portlaoise in September).

Is there anywhere serving Guinness for less than €4.40?

An engraved timber clock at the end of the counter says this pub was established in 2020 so that would back up the Old Commando’s theory that we’d never been here before. It was quite difficult to see anything in the pub as the lights were all turned off with the exception of a spotlight behind the counter and with the evenings getting very dark very quickly it would be nice to have some light.

The solid fuel stove was lit, the timber flooring was very clean and some of the locals were watching the horse racing on TV, much to the delight of the Old Commando.

He enjoys the occasional flutter with his pint.

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We didn’t see the lounge but there are only four taps for draught in the bar with Guinness, Smithwicks, Carlsberg and Coors as your options.

The Young Commando carried out the toilets inspection and he told us they were small with one cubicle and a stainless steel urinal, a photo of Tony Soprano and a sign saying if you’re caught smoking you’re immediately barred!

Our time to depart came and as we bundled into the pub-mobile the Old Commando said: “Did you hear your man in the hi-vis jacket giving out about people not abiding by Government guidelines and restrictions? I wonder is the irony lost on him.”

We travelled back to HQ wondering what the next few weeks and months have in store for us.

Rating: Four pints out of Five

One for the road

Paul Fay, Grannard

THIS pub has been on the Old Commando’s “to do” for quite a while. He’s been here before and gave it a rave review at the time so he was very eager to see if standards have been maintained.

We’re delighted to say they have been and once again we really enjoyed our few pints in ‘Paul Fay’s bar in Granard. A barmaid with glasses checked us in straight away taking our details and checking for proof of vaccination. Everything in this pub was above board.

Our pints were dropped to our table and we enjoyed the atmosphere the mixed clientele had created. There are three TVs in the front bar but most of the noise was coming from the second section where the large projection screen was located.

Hand sanitizer bottles are available on each table and the timber floor was shining.

Rating: Four pints out of Five

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