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Pubspy - Limerick City Treaty yourself with good pints and great sport at Flannery's in Limerick

Flannery's in Limerick hits the right spot

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Flannery's Bar in Limerick City

Flannery's Bar in Limerick City

Flannery's Bar in Limerick City

Flannery's - Limerick City

WE came within days of it actually happening, but for some reason none of us every fully believed it would happen.

Freedom was finally on the agenda for this weekend after a horrendous 19 months but instead, the scaremongering has been ramped back up again.

Power is not something people give up lightly and Nphet have decided to hang on to theirs for a little bit longer.

Either way, as frustrated as our Commandos were with the latest setbacks, we still had a job to do and this week's outing was taking us to the home of the All-Ireland senior hurling champions, Limerick.

"Have you ever seen a team as good as them before?" the Young Commando asked his older counterpart as we settled into Flannery's bar and began to sip a creamy pint of stout.

"They're good, they're very good, but they've still a long way to go to be considered better than Cody's Cats of the noughties.

"People seem to forget they won eight out of ten All-Irelands from 2006 to 2015 and played in nine of 11 finals too," the Old Commando said.

Flannery's pub was enjoying a brisk trade when Pub Spy and the team dropped by for a visit recently, and the barman on duty was busy making cocktails when we first arrived. Both members of staff were friendly and although we were waiting a few minutes for table service, the waiter who delivered our order wasn't lying when he said: "Now, here's your pint of goodness" to the Old Commando.

At €4.90, about the going rate in a city, the Old Commando enjoyed the pint and after just two mouthfuls he was calling for round two.

There are at least three TVs in the bar and rugby was the chosen sport during our stay. There was a mixed clientele of all ages ranging from early twenties to late sixties, and there were plenty of options available on draught such as Birra Moretti and Island's Edge.

Hand sanitiser stations are located throughout the pub and areas such as the gent's toilets are limited to one person at a time to help with social distancing. The toilets are very small with a small ceramic urinal and just one cubicle.

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There is plenty of seating throughout the pub and the red coloured bench seating where we sat was in good condition. The wine coloured carpet was very clean and there is plenty of sporting memorabilia on display.

A framed and signed Munster rugby jersey is hanging inside the front and the section on the right hand side is covered in Ireland rugby photos. Towards the rear of the pub is where the GAA collector's items are stored, including a framed hurl belonging to the legendary Mick Mackey alongside a framed tribute in his honour.

A Limerick jersey from the 1996 All-Ireland final defeat can also be found in this area as well as two hurls used in the All-Ireland final daylight robbery from 1994 when Offaly beat Limerick in less than five minutes.

"I'll never forget that game as long as I live, the five minute final," the Old Commando began to reminisce. "It was almost as a big of a robbery as the '82 football final, which Offaly also won," he began laughing.

The infamous 'Red Rum' racehorse is also honoured and celebrated for its unmatched achievement of three Grand National victories and is pictured at the 1980 Cork summer show.

There was a very good atmosphere in Flannery's bar and we really enjoyed our stay. The pints were good, the bar staff were friendly and our surroundings were nice and clean. The red exterior is in good condition and the flower baskets add greatly to the appearance.

It's certainly worth paying Flannery's a visit if you're in the area.

Rating: Four pints out of Five

One for the road

Myles Breen - Limerick City

YOU won't get two feet inside the door of this pub without producing your Covid passport, sanitising your hands and signing in. It's very strict.

We stayed in the front bar area and watched the live rugby match, and the barmaid was very welcoming. Pints of Guinness will set you back €4.90 but there are also pints of Beamish and Murphy's available. There are multiple TVs located throughout the bar and the vast majority of the clientele were middle aged males.

The timber flooring was in perfect condition, as was the seating throughout the pub, and it was clean to the highest of standards. A photo of the Munster rugby team that beat New Zealand in 1978 hangs proudly beside the counter and the toilets were also spotlessly clean.

We'll be sure to call again someday to Myles Breen's pub.

Rating: Four pints out of five

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