The Thatch

Ballisodare, Co. Sligo

Originally established in 1638, this former coaching Inn has survived the added comforts and cleanliness of modernisation without losing an iota of charm. The thatched roof is flawless, the doorways and eaves are draped in vines, a story-book effect, and the thick cottage walls are so white they are almost blinding.

The interior lives up to the promise of the exterior. Walls mellowed with the smoke of turf fires are covered with interesting photographs of Irish life at the turn of the century. Three snug-like enclosures to the right of the bar cosily accommodate ten to twelve people.

A back room area with two fireplaces, a much larger bar, and tables and chairs is equally inviting.

Brian Fitzpatrick is the proprietor and the Thatch has been in the family since 1828. He's a delightful host with a winning smile and infectious laugh. Ask to see the garden even if the weather isn't appropriate for outside pleasures. It's a beauty.

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