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Our History 2017-05-03T00:33:04+00:00

Patrick Hedigan & the Irish Whiskey trail

Throughout its history Hedigans “The Brian Boru” has been renowned for its special “Powers White Label” whiskey which Patrick Hedigan bonded and blended to his own recipe and served from the wood.  The pub is believed to be the last pub in Ireland to serve whiskey from the wood, which they did up until the end of 1973.  It is also said to be the only pub in the country that did not run out of whiskey during World War II.  This tradition is kept alive today, with our wide selection of Irish Whiskeys on offer.  For this reason, Hedigans “The Brian Boru” can be found on the Irish Whiskey Trail.

The Whiskey Room

Here at The Brian Boru whiskey plays a big part in the history of the pub.  The pub was renowned for its special “Powers White Label” whiskey.  We keep this tradition alive today in our whiskey room and have a wide selection of Irish whiskeys on offer.
Our staff has a great knowledge of all our whiskeys and would be happy to have a chat with you about the different types we have on offer.

If you’d like to hear about the history of whiskey and The Brian Boru as told by our very own Michael Hedigan, please check out the below excerpt from “WhiskyCast: Episode 315″ hosted by Mark Gillespie.

Brian Boru

There has been a public house on the site of Hedigan’s “The Brian Boru” for over 200 years. However the association with Brian Boru — High King of Ireland — goes back nearly 1000 years as it was here that his army camped prior to his victorious Battle of Clontarf, fought on Good Friday 1014.  The present building on the site dates from the 1850s with the facade virtually unaltered since then.  Commemorating this connection, a painting of Brian Boru going into battle hangs proudly on the front of the building.  Fergus O’Ryan RHA painted it over 50 years ago to replace an earlier painting.

The millennium of the Battle of the Clontarf was marked with the official opening of an exhibition of nine unique tapestry etchings depicting Brain Boru and the Battle of Clontarf. The prints were created by renowned Danish artist Susanne Thea and are on display in the upstairs gallery.

Ulysses & other notable references

The pub has long been something of a landmark, famous as a venue for meals and refreshments following funerals in the nearby Glasnevin Cemetery.  Indeed The Brian Boru is mentioned in Ulysses as Joyce’s party of mourners pass by on their way to Glasnevin Cemetery.  To commemorate this connection and Joyces’ protagonist, the Pub hosts annual Bloomsday celebrations.  In further homage to the Joyce’s literally tour de force and the bicentennial of Joyce’s birth, the pub features a collection of paintings by Anthony Malin depicting notable landmarks that Leopold Bloom’s passed while on his odyssey through Dublin.  The pub is also mentioned in James Plunkett’s Strumpet City.

Over the years many famous people have been through the doors of The Brian Boru, one in particular was Martin Fay who used to meet his friends here. He enjoyed the pub so much that he went on to write a piece on Chieftains 7LP called “Hedigans Fancy” after his favourite local

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