Morrissey’s Pub a has been in operation since 1755 and is a much-loved attraction in the small, historic town of Abbeyleix, County Laois. Inside, the pub has a charming atmosphere, and retains it original antique fittings and authentic 19th century Irish period décor.
Wooden partitions are used to create lots of snugs and other sections, and the walls are covered in historic Irish memorabilia and other bric-a-brac, from antique bicycles to old Irish advertisements. In winter months, a potbelly stove keeps visitors warm. On busy days, the chatter gets loud -- while it is a tourist attraction, Morrissey's remains a friendly old Irish pub.
Very quick walkabout tour of Morrissey's
As the sign in the front window declares, Morrissey's is a former grocery store -- today the shelves remain stocked, but no items are sold. Until recently, the staff in Morrissey's still wore long white coveralls (resembling modern lab coats), of the type worn by grocers of yesteryear [note March 2015: this practice seems to have been discontinued].
The shop set-up remains as a reminder of past times when the local pub/shop was a centre for the community where local citizens could go for all of their needs – including a cup of tea, or a pint of Guinness (both still favourites today!) with friends and neighbours.
If you go to Morrissey's today, you can add your name to the Vistors' Register -- a book of guest names that apparently goes back many volumes. I've been told it goes all the way back to 1755. But I think that may have been just a bar story!
Morrissey's Pub - exterior. Image by Rowan.