Five Killarney Pubs To Visit On Munster Final Day

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THE Munster Final is a glorious occasion for fans of Kerry and Cork fans and – let’s not be coy here – there’s a lot of socialising and carousing to be done before and after the game.

So if you’re heading over to Killarney tonight or tomorrow, you could do a lot worse than a visit to these great watering holes for a bit of craic…


The Speakeasy.

1. The Speakeasy Bar, High Street

A bolthole away from the tourist centre, this is a proper locals’ GAA bar famous for being a Dr Crokes haunt. Major crowds before a Munster final here.

Do Say: “Johnny Buckley should be playing and they’ll miss Gooch!”

Don’t Say: “Yerra Jamsie is better than Gooch anyway.”

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Tatler Jacks

Tatler Jack.

2. Tatler Jack, Plunkett Street

Ostensibly a Dr Crokes pub, but it’s pretty much owned by any GAA fan at this stage, such is its popularity.

A must stop-off point, even if it’s overflowing on Munster Final day.

Do Say: (enthusiastically, after a ‘few’ pints) “We’ll bate them out the gate!”

Don’t Say: “Lads, I’ve a bad feeling about today.”

Teddy Connors

Teddy O’Connor’s.

3. Teddy O’Connor’s, High Street

A favourite of many Tralee and north Kerry people (judging  by my experiences over the past 20 years) this pub is also a favourite for trad music lovers.

There’s a great, spacious alleyway adjacent to it to allow al fresco imbibing.

Do Say: “Jaysus, I love a bit of trad before a match!”

Don’t Say: “Can you stop playing that shite music please?”

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Failte Hotel

Fáilte Hotel.

4. The Fáilte Hotel And Bar, College Street

This is ‘Botty’s’ manor, so this big long bar is bound to see a fair amount of action over the weekend.

It’s been the scene of some craic for Kerry v Cork clashes over the years as it’s well known to the Rebels and a favourite for tourists.

Do Say: “The Killarney crowd really know how to do things right.”

Don’t Say: “Seriously though? A July 4 parade? For the Yanks?!”

Jimmy O'Briens

Jimmy O’Brien’s.

5. Jimmy O’Brien’s, Fairhill

Still a go-to spot for the purists and people who know their football, it’s a pub steeped in the tradition of Kerry football with many a great session had by GAA royalty over the years.

Do Say: A lot about tactics, old stories from the glory years, derision of blanket defences, how things used to be etc. etc.

Don’t Say: “So what time is kick-off then in the footy game?”

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