- The Bleeding Horse, Camden St.
"After the Battle of Rathmines (1649), a wounded horse wandered into a tavern. This made such an impression on the owner that he named his premises 'The Bleeding Horse" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Rathmines
- Buck Whaleys, Leeson Street.
"Thomas Whaley (1766–1800), commonly known as Buck Whaley or Jerusalem Whaley, was an Irish gambler and member of the Irish House of Commons" Infamous Dublin character who jumped out of the window of his Stephens Green townhouse on a horse for a bet.
- Copperface Jacks, Harcourt Street.
"John Scott, first earl of Clonmell (1739-1 798), was known as Copperface Jack. He served as solicitor general, attorney general, and lord chief justice. He had an extremely unpleasant reputation as a "hanging judge". He lived at nos. 16-17 Harcourt Street.
- Dicey Reillys, Harcourt Street.
Was Dicey Reilly a real person? Anyone know?
- The Gingerman, Fenian Street.
Named after J. P. Donleavy's 1955 novel.
- The Hairy Lemon, Lower Stephen Street.
Named after an old Dublin character. A 1950s dog catcher who had a "lemon shaped face" and "hairy stubble".
Can anyone think of anymore?
I thought Coppers was named after its owner-an ex-pig by the name of Jackson.
The Bloody Stream, Howth http://www.thebloodystream.com/history.htm
10th August 1177, during the 2nd Norman Invasion of Ireland, Sir John de Courcy's expedition arrived off Howth. Unable to leave his ship, the command was taken over by Sir Almeric Tristram, said to be a descendant of Sir Tristram, a knight of King Arthur's Round Table. A great battle ensued against the Danes, who were then in occupation on Evora Bridge, over a stream; afterwards known as the Bloody Stream. During the construction of this public house, we found that the Bloody Stream runs directly under these premises. Having fought a constant battle with the stream flooding the bar, we decided to make peace with it, hence the name, The Bloody Stream.
The Summit Inn, Howth
1. the highest point or part, as of a hill, a line of travel, or any object; top; apex
The Ramble Inn in Killester. Always liked that name.
the slaughtered lamb in swords...
I use to work on the door there!.
Darkey Kellys, Fishamble St.
Named after a prostitute who worked the street.
Ramble Inn and stagger out. One of my favourite pubs. Don't get to go near as often as I'd like.
Isn't the Brazen Head named after a red haired girl that watched on through the siege of Limerik? This I gathered from a very askew historic rambling guided tour I took some visiting foriegn friends on. The tour all ended in tears in the middle of trinity college. Drunkenness could have been partly to blame. I never saw the tour guide again. Thankfully.
The Flowing Tide (so I was told) was named so in the 50's as when the liffey swelled the water would rush past but only as far as the pub around the corner which was called (up until the 80's) The High Tide (its present name escapes me now).
The Headline (sound pub and happily re-opened) on Clanbrasil St. is simply named so because it was a slightly out of town beer shop for hacks (journos).
I used to go there all the time,havn't been in about 6 years though! Got a bit too old for the place at 21!
An american friend of mine actually mentioned the bleeding horse to me before. He said he went to Ireland with some friends and while on a tour() they were brought in there and told about that horse and the renaming of the pub..
Not really wierd as it's a usual stop for tourists on the Joycean trail.
A pub opened on the grounds of the old Stardust and named itself Skelly's. Named after a highway robber that frequented Skelly's lane (the road it's on). This Skelly chap lent his name to the term scallywag. As Es's were often pronounced as A's back in them days. So from the man that had Skelly's Lane (and Skelly's pub) named after him also came the term Scallywag.
Probably know you so, I worked there then!.
It's just called The Lamb now, afaik.
What did The Thing Mote mean, anyone?
And I always wonder how 4 Dame Lane got it's name.
Oh, wrong thread, I thought this was Boring Dublin Pub Names.
Thing Mote was named after a viking gathering of people once a year to discuss what was going on in the village and what they were planning on doing for the year ahead. It was attended by all villagers and all could voice. This then lended itself to modern democracy. The 'Thing' was the gathering and the 'Mote' was the place. The actual position of the Thing Mote is thought to be where O'Neill's on Suffolk St is. About 50 metres short of where the bar Thing Mote was.
The word Thing of course then also entered our modern lexicon to describe something we were familiar with but unsure of (much more like modern democracy).
It was a viking assembly: http://www.geocities.com/heatheneurope/thingmount.html
Access it before geocities closes later this year.