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Hibernian hits the spot on Nenagh pit-stop

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The seating area is very nice, but our crack squad settled inside to slurp on their creamy pints

The seating area is very nice, but our crack squad settled inside to slurp on their creamy pints

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The seating area is very nice, but our crack squad settled inside to slurp on their creamy pints

The Hibernian Inn, Nenagh, Co Tipperary

On that occasion we were sipping pints in Toomevara and we certainly didn't think it would be our last venture to the Premier County for over two years.

We arrived into the old market town of Nenagh late in the evening and there was plenty of hustle and bustle about on the streets, which we were all delighted to see.

We stumbled across The Hibernian Inn and decided we should check it out. We'd never been here before, so we were glad we were experiencing something new, but one thing new we weren't keen to try was the outdoor dining.

While the seating arrangement outside the front of the pub is very nice - and if it were mid-July we'd certainly give it a shot - we had no intention of sitting outside in the middle of October. It's a recipe for a chest infection.

"I can't wait to be able to sit at the counter in my local and have a good aul chat with the barman," he told us.

"I'd say he can," the Young Commando jokingly replied. The pints of stout set us back €4.50 each, which we felt was reasonable for a big town like Nenagh and the fancy surroundings we were availing of.

The hostess checked in on us two or three times to see if we wanted another round and it was quite clear she was running the show. There are three TVs in the front bar and there was live sports being shown during our visit.

There was a mixed clientele in the front bar, ranging from elderly couples to young families, as well as the lone tradesman who darkens every boozer in the evening and the horse-racing enthusiasts.

They serve food in this pub, including takeaway dinners, and there is extensive seating in various other sections of the premises.

The tiled floor was spotlessly clean and there is a variety of drinks available on draught, including Birra Moretti and Orchard Thieves.

A framed Ireland rugby jersey belonging to Martin Cahill hangs proudly beside the counter and there is no shortage of Tipperary GAA photos, including one of the 1991 hurlers who lifted the Liam MacCarthy Cup.

"Will Tipp come back strong next year?" the Old Commando asked one local Gael.

"Of course they will, no doubt about that," he sharply replied.

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"Let's just hope a few lads from Limerick emigrate or retire though," he cheekily added.

We enjoyed our few pints in the lovely surroundings of The Hibernian Inn and the Young Commando told us the option for B&B is also available.

Lucky enough, we have our designated driver. However, we're very much looking forward to next weekend when normality resumes and restrictions are gone.

The Old Commando says he can handle the facemasks for a bit longer if necessary, but he deems it essential to be allowed sit or even stand at the counter and nag the ears off his poor unfortunate local barman.

It's a way of life, in his eyes. The Government won't backtrack on their plans, will they?

Rating: Three pints out of Five


One for the road

Lily’s Bar - Nenagh

A young barmaid was on duty during our visit to ‘Lily’s Bar’ recently and our brief chat with her upon arrival was probably the highlight of our stay.

The clientele was mixed in this small bar and some seemed a little worse for wear.

There are three TVs in total, located in the different areas, so every angle is covered if you’re calling to watch a match.

However, during our stay there were no sports to watch and not much in the way of conversation with the locals.

San Miguel is available on draught but our designated driver told us there were no bottles of minerals, so he had to settle for a spray gun of Coca-Cola. A framed Munster rugby jersey hangs proudly, as you’d expect, and there’s also a licence plate behind the bar commemorating Tipperary’s 2019 All-Ireland success.

The smoking area is very small and unimpressive. It could certainly do with a sprucing up.

Rating: Two pints out of Five

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