I was recently doing some local history research re Kildare town and came across "The George on Horseback" as the sign on an inn in Kildare - there is no pub of that name now.
This set me thinking on the more general question - why do we have very few pubs with old style inn signs like in England?
Of course most Irish pubs are named after the owning family, but there are also many pubs particularly in Dublin which have names similar to English style ones, e.g. Red Cow, Bleeding Horse etc. But even the otherwise very traditional Bleeding Horse does not (as far as I know) have a hanging pictorial sign.
Were traditional Inn Signs common here in the 19th century and only disappeared in the 20th century as an expression of distaste for all things English?