O'Donohue's Pub, the Heart of a Village
O'Donohue's Pub, Fanore Ireland
Fanore is a small village of about 300 persons. The most dominant structure in the village is O'Donohue's Pub established in 1911. It is one of only two places to eat in the town -- and the other is only open during lunch. For dinner, it is O'Donohue's where there is simple pub food: beef and Guinness stew, fish and chips, and a few other entrees. Ice cream and berry crumble for dessert. Of course, a wide selection of whiskey and beer.
The pub is so central to the life of the town, that a wedding reception was held there during the week we were there. The picnic tables shown in the photo above were used by the wedding party. Party goers in long dresses, tuxes, heels all gathered around the tables drinking beer and champagne.
There is occasionally live music -- just as basic as the food. That was just one night during the week we were there featuring an accordion player singing some traditional tunes.
My sister and I ate our share of stew, fish and chips, and goat cheese and drank our share of Bulmer's and wine.