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Thomas Connolly Sligo

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Connolly’s is not just an iconic bar, it’s an iconic part of the history of Sligo.

The river of history runs through Thomas Connolly’s, one of the most famous bars in the North West. The premises first had a licence as long ago as 1861, and by 1890 it was in the care of Thomas Connolly, who returned to Ireland having made his money on the railroads in America. Connolly brought Charles Stuart Parnell to the pub, and became Mayor of Sligo at a time when the town had one of the busiest ports on the west coast. Somewhat ironically, one of the things that made Connolly’s famous for later generations was its selection of teas and, if you look behind the bar, you can see the six tea bins. That sort of attention to detail, to tea, to whiskey, to the quality of the pint they pour, the gins and craft beers they sell, the musicians chosen to play here, and the dedicated hospitality of the staff, makes Connolly’s special, as special as its magical interior, with its flagsone, floor and cosy snugs. It’s dreamlike but, thankfully, it’s real.

Paul O'Donnell
Markievicz Road, Sligo
+353 71 919 4920

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