A steady stream of Cardiffians of Irish birth or descent take advantage of the ease with which we can now get to Ireland by air or by sea.
Still, we live in Wales and are glad to have some bits of “old Ireland over here”. The notes that follow refer only to Cardiff.
1. The ‘Royal Oak’,at the Newport Road end of Broadway, has been around since before the First World War. It is remarkable for its boxing ring, still used to train local youngsters in the ‘noble art, in which the famous ‘Peerless Jim’ Driscoll prepared for many famous fights.Tel:01222 473984)
2.‘Mulligan’s’, formerly the ‘Cambrian’, at the corner of Caroline Street and St. Mary’s Street. It is a classic of its kind, with just one bar, perhaps overcrowded at night, but always friendly and so very Irish.(Tel:01222 644952)
5. ‘Dempsey’s Bar’, formerly the ‘Four Bars’, in Womanby Street directly opposite Cardiff Castle. Opened in early 1996. It seems to be, like Mulligan’s, a very good place for lunch or for a quiet drink in an Irish atmosphere during the day. Packed at night. (Tel:01222 252024)
6. ‘O’Neill’s’, formerly the ‘New Market Tavern’, in Trinity Street (between the indoor market and St. John’s Church. Really beautiful and very Irish outside and inside. Very popular with young people.
(Tel: 01222 224482).
St. Colmcille's G.A.A. Club
This local branch of the far-flung Gaelic Athletic Association not only fields junior and senior Gaelic Football teams but also fields a Camogie squad as well. In addition to the sporting side they also regularly promote Irish dances. Full information from the Chairman, Galwayman Tommy Flaherty (Tel: 01222 492529).
Scoil Rinnce Mac Gabhann, the Irish Dancing School run by Jim Smith offers classes for children for entry to the various feiseanna and also runs more informal 'céilí dancing classes for adults. (Tel: 01222 486769)
Rich and Rare — Ireland’s Store
This Irish shop was officially opened on Saturday 9 November this year at 196A Cowbridge Road East, Canton, by Frank Hennessy, the well-known broadcaster, songwriter and singer, whose forebears came near Dungarvan. The enterprising owner, Dublin-born Irene Parow, is now open six days a week to sell Irish foods, confectionery, music, cards, woollen clothing (including First Communion and Confirmation outfits), religious goods and a wide range of attractive gifts. (Tel/Fax : 01222 255540).
As it says on the door of this new addition to ‘Old Ireland over here’, “Welcome - Croeso - Fáilte” to Cardiff, a city where Ireland takes root - again and again!