Tigh Neachtain Traditional Irish Pub with Outdoor Area
Tigh Neachtain is at the corner of Cross Street and Quay Street right in the middle of the City. This place has bucket loads of history for anyone looking for the authentic pub experience. It has been run by the Neachtain family since 1894 who had a pub on High Street before they moved in here. It was machine gunned in the War of Independence (1919-1921) by the English Black and Tans who objected to the family displaying their name in Irish.
However, the history goes back even further than that as the plaque outside the Cross street entrance will tell you. It was once the home of Richard “Humanity Dick” Martin, M.P. The nickname comes from the fact that he co-founded the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He also founded Galways first theatre, championed civil rights and employed Theobald Wolfe Tone who went on to fame himself by leading the 1798 Irish Rebellion.
Inside you will see a lot of posters for plays and past festivals in Galway which reflects its bohemian crowd and close proximity to the Druid Theatre across the street.
Whether it’s a sunny day in July and you are sitting outside drinking a cool pint or a rainy night in February sitting by the fire there is no bad time of year for Neachtain’s.
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