Ordering food in a Pub
When ordering in a pub, decide what food/drink you'd like, then stand at the end of the bar...waiting for the publican's attention. Place your order, then return to your seat. Someone will bring your food to you.
Also, in the states, you are probably accustomed to having a waiter/waitress stop by to refill drinks, etc. Our first pub stop taught us that if the person serving the food is busy, chances are slim that they are going to come by repeatedly to refill a glass of water or ask if you need more butter. When someone delivers the food and asks if you need anything else, THAT is the time to speak up... otherwise, be prepared to go back to the bar. Just a different culture.
By the same token, don't hesitate to ask for what you need. The service whereever we ate/drank across Ireland was very polite and the servers were happy to get us what we needed.
"Afternoon in Kilkee"
I spent a Sunday afternoon in November of 2002 in Kilkee. We drove in for a late afternoon meal and found great pub grub.
Because of the time of year, the only establishments that appeared to be open were the pubs & groceries; HOWEVER, that doesn't mean we didn't enjoy Kilkee.
With the weather being misty and cold, many of the locals were having an early dinner in the pub we chose, with family. It was cozy & the food was WONDERFUL...just what we were looking for.
After our meal, we drove along the south side of the bay towards the cliff walk. The views there are nothing short of spectacular.
Although the town appeared to be hibernating during my visit, from reading I learned that Kilkee Bay was listed as one of the top diving locations in Europe by Jacques Cousteau! It is a resort town in the warmer months -- the bay is protected from the Atlantic Ocean by the Duggerna Rock reef.
I would love to see this town on a sunny day in the Spring. It must be something...with the sun glinting & shimmering on the water.