17 Cross Street, Galway City.

If this "pub of character" could talk it would certainly tell some fascinating tales. The building was once the townhouse of Richard Martin M. P., founder of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (nicknamed "Humanity Dick" by George IV).

It is one of the last buildings still standing in Galway that dates back to medieval times and it is also one of the few buildings with a genuine, intact oriel window. The interior, I was told, has not been changed since the family of the present proprietor, T. I. Malbum, took over in 1894. The tiny snugs leading into the back room are just over a century old, and their very wood breathes atmosphere.

Very good hot lunches including vegetarian dishes are served on the first floor. The second floor houses a restaurant with a more elaborate and extensive menu.

Tigh Neachtain has long attracted a theatrical and literary clientele. Hilton Edwards and Micheal MacLiammoir, founders of the Gate Theatre in Dublin, lodged here for a year in 1910, and celebrity watching continues to be a favourite pastime at the pub.

Entertainment every night with a strong emphasis on traditional music.

Tigh Neachtain can be found at 17 Cross Street, Galway City.

From the Appletree Press title: The Irish Pub Guide.
Also from Appletree: Irish Pub Songs.