The Irish Pub
Written by Colin merrey
Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
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THEN AND NOW
Reviewed by Colin Merrey
I loved this film – it really made me want to revisit all the little pubs I have visited over the years during my all too few visits to Ireland and to do what I can in my own small way to help ensure that their place in the Irish scene is preserved for all time.  

I don’t know if the film is going on general release here in Australia – I do know you can get a copy from Antidote Films via their website Antidotefilms.com.au for the paltry sum of $24.99 plus postage.  I will certainly be adding this DVD to my personal collection in due course – it will probably be worn out by Christmas!  Do yourselves a favour and get a copy for yourselves – I know you’ll love it too.  The idea behind this movie is to bring to the attention of the viewing audience the plight of the Irish pub in these modern times by outlining what a unique effect it has had over the years on the Irish people and their heritage whilst showing us how the attendance at these wonderful little oases of entertainment is falling dramatically with the onset of the internet, the large hotels and supermarkets, etc and the steady move of the younger Irish people away from the old pubs.  This is a very sad situation and one that I sincerely hope is remedied before these wonderful places vanish altogether as indeed they are beginning to do in the UK in particular.  In fact he wasn’t far wrong at all – in telling the story of the rise and current state of the Irish pub, the film took us to numerous small towns and villages and covered the length and breadth of the Irish Republic – from Dingle to Dublin – from Naas, Co Kildare to Ballylongford, Co Kerry – the list goes on.  It also features some great footage of Mickey MacConnell singing in John B Keane’s pub in Listowel, Co Kerry – Colin Smiley please take special note of this.  The story is told from the viewpoint of the various pub owners, staff and customers in a sometimes moving - sometimes hilariously funny (in particular those segments filmed in Cartlan’s Pub in Kingscourt, Co Cavan) but at all times entertaining.A short while ago, the Irish Echo invited my wife and I to a preview screening of an Irish documentary movie called “The Irish Pub”.  It was introducedby that Newspaper’s editor by saying that if you are Irish this film will make you sick – very sick – homesick, that is!  This brought a great response from the audience.

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