Davy Byrnes Pub , Dublin - 390
Davy Byrne's 'famous literary pub' on Duke Street, Dublin city centre, is famed for being a frequent haunt of Irish writer James Joyce and is mentioned in his tome 'Dubliners'. The original of this painting hangs proudly in the pub. Despite the cold and damp outside some Dubliners don't mind braving the elements to sit outside and have a cigarette, as you can see in the painting.
Davy Brynes was opened by the man of the same name in 1889. James Joyce as well as being a regular iwas also a close friend of the man himself, whom he mentioned in both Ulysses and his short stories Dubliners.
“He entered Davy Byrnes. Moral pub. He doesn’t chat. Stands a drink now and then. But in a leap year once in four. Cashed a cheque for me once.Davy Byrne came forward from the hindbar in tuckstitched shirt-sleeves, cleaning his lips with two wipes of his napkin. Herrings blush. Whose smile upon each feature plays with such and such replete. Too much fat on the parsnips. And here’s himself and pepper on him, Nosey Flynn said. Can you give us a good one for the Gold Cup?I’m off that, Mr. Flynn, Davy Byrne answered. I never put anything on a horse. You’re right there, Nosey Flynn said. Mr Bloom ate his stripes of sandwich, fresh clean bread, with relish of disgust, pungent mustard, the feety savour of green cheese. Sips of his wine soothed his palate. Not logwood that. Tastes fuller this weather with the chill off. Nice quiet bar. Nice piece of wood in that counter. Nicely planed. Like the way it curves.”
Davy Byrnes was also frequented by the writer Brendan Behan. Byrne was a stout Irish nationalist and let Michael Collins use the room above the pub for meetings of the Irish Republican Brotherhood.
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