We stopped in this ordinary-looking but interesting town for lunch and a beer on our way to the west, and could happily have stayed longer. A statue of Joe Dolan (who?) in the main street caught our eye and, after a couple of photos we lit on the Greville. Large, rambling, a bit gloomy inside but it was very comfortable too and hey, this is Ireland, and the lunch menu was just what we needed. It's very much a big local hub, with customers of all shapes, ages and sizes adding to the congregation: families, business people and lots of oldies (us!). Friendly, witty bar staff made us welcome with a Guinness and pointed us in the right direction to get fed, and it was good. My yardstick for Irish lunches is seafood chowder and this one was excellent, with big fishy chunks and a tasty, creamy sauce.
We wouldn't have minded staying, but sadly had to get back on the road. Oh, Joe Dolan had a big hit in 69 with "Make me an Island", for those who can remember that far back! And of course he was a Mullingar Lad. By the way, there's a connection with James Joyce: the young James visited the Greville for two summers, and used the local characters as models for those in "Ullyses"! Apparently the only place in Ireland outside Dublin he was known to haunt!More
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