Tigh Neachtain, or Naughton’s Pub, is centrally located in the medieval part of Galway, and is a prime spot for live traditional Irish music. Located close to the Spanish Arch, this authentic, traditional old pub is filled with cosy wooden snugs, warm fireplaces and quiet hidden corners. It is a favorite gathering place for a friendly motley crew of local writers, artists, and students and conversation, as well as good beer, is always flowing liberally from mid-afternoon onwards. During summer months, the outdoor seating is popular. A selection of good food is also served.
The pub was originally the townhouse of a once well-known politician, Colonel Richard Martin (1754 – 1834), nicknamed Humanity Dick, by King George IV because of his campaigns to prevent cruelty to animals. He was also an advocate of Irish Catholic emancipation.
Rags to Riches
In 1894, the four-storey house was purchased by the Sean Neachtain, a returned emigrant. A fisherman's son from nearby Spiddal, he had found work on the goldmines in Melbourne. The pub is still operated by Sean's descendants today.
Gunned by the Black and Tans
During the war of Independence (1919-1921) , the pub was attacked by British forces. The "Black and Tan" special operative soldiers perceived the displaying of the family name in Irish (Gaelic) as an open challenge to British rule, and the establishment came under machine gun fire.
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