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Pubspy - Enniscorthy Rackards in Enniscorthy is a big hit with €4.40 pints of Guinness

The Guinness set us back €4.40, which is the joint cheapest we’ve paid for a pint since returning to the road last August.

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Rackards Bar in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

Rackards Bar in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

Rackards Bar in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

Rackards - Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

IN March 2012 the Old Commando was treated to a great day out in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.

With the ten-year anniversary fast approaching, we decided to fulfil our promise of returning to one of his favourite haunts over the past decade, Rackards pub on Rafter Street.

The Old Commando loves the pub, any pub, but he especially loves pubs draped in GAA royalty. After our recent visit to Birr in Co Offaly brought his grá for pubs and Gaelic Games to the fore once again, we decided to treat him to another fun day out, but this time it was in the sunny south east.

Unfortunately, it was anything but sunny during our journey. It was cold, wet and beyond miserable. We were forced to get the umbrellas from the boot of the pub-mobile and the heavy duty coats, hats and scarves were all on display.

It was freezing cold so the most natural thing to do once we arrived at Rackard’s pub was order a lovely bowl of fresh vegetable soup.

Costing €5, each of our Commandos devoured a bowl of soup and brown bread and what better way to wash it down than a pint of Arthur’s creamiest stout.

The Guinness set us back €4.40, which is the joint cheapest we’ve paid for a pint since returning to the road last August, and it was just 40c more expensive than what we paid in March 2012.

There were at least four staff members on duty when we called to Rackards pub and it was enjoying a brisk trade. The majority of customers were dining and the clientele were mostly middle aged to elderly.

The brown leather furniture was in good condition and the timber flooring was spotlessly clean. There are screen dividers between each section of seats and all rules and regulations were being enforced, but we did comment that these screens have made it very difficult to see the large screen TV.

The round tower shaped fireplace is the highlight piece of the pub and the only negative thing we can say about it was that it wasn’t lit during our stay.

While we were admiring our surrounds in the second section of Rackards pub, it was the front bar that really caught the eye of the Old Commando. One wall is a shrine to Wexford GAA and particularly to Bobby, Billy and Nicky Rackard.

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A framed Leinster hurling jersey belonging to Billy is proudly displayed, as is a framed Wexford jersey belonging to Bobby and numerous photos from their playing days. Of the more recent times, the 2019 Leinster senior hurling winners are pictured alongside the last team to lift the Liam McCarthy cup, the 1996 All-Ireland winners.

The Young Commando was placed on toilet inspection duties and he reported back to us that they were spotlessly clean and the soap dispenser was full.

We enjoyed our few pints in Rackards pub in Enniscorthy, although it was certainly a different experience than the one we had in 2012. All the customers kept to themselves, there was nobody seated at the bar and we were all home in bed by 9pm. Welcome to 2022!

Rating: Four pints out of Five

One for the road

Stamps - Enniscorthy

IT was a damp and miserable day so the sight of a lovely open fire just inside the door beside the counter was exactly what our troops wanted to see.

The young barman on duty was friendly and efficient, checking Covid certificates and wearing a mask while working. There was an all male clientele during our visit and a relaxed atmosphere as the other customers kept to themselves.

There are just ten tables in the pub and some of them were marked reserved.

The timber flooring was old but it was clean and there some rugby photos of Enniscorthy RFC on display, including the team that lifted the prestigious Towns Cup in 2012.

We found the toilets downstairs and the Young Commando reported that everything checked out fine.

Rating: Three pints out of Five

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