Knock Road, Claremorris, Ireland
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
No olde worlde charm here, but a perfectly decent largish cafe on the main street. Bright and breezy sort of place.
The coffee and the cakes were all perfectly enjoyable and (for Ireland) reasonably priced.
They seem to go for home-baking in a big way - and that ticks all my boxes.
Plenty of salds, savouries, hot specials, jackets, sanwiches and wraps. Smoothies too.
Sorry, but not much to add. I mean it's just a cafe at the end of the day.
Claremorris is plugged into the Irish national rail network. It lies on the Westport-Dublin line. So direct services from the capital and onto the far west are easily had.
When the 'Westrail' project is finally completed then I predict that Claremorris will see a steep rise in tourist arrivals. This line is planned to link Limerick with Sligo by rail. The Section from Limerick to Galway is almost complete - and the northern section will follow in a few years (if the economy does remain on it's knees for too log). Calremorris will then once again become a rail junction.
i thought noels barber shop display was something really out of the ordainry,sourbuggers thoughts of how he was trying to make an icon out of bobby sands is funny,he should travel to the states and europe and see just how much of an icon he is,he should have had his hair cut what was he afraid of ,getting his head chopped off?
This barber's shop on the main street in Claremorris is interesting for one thing - it's window display. It has something of a 'museum' quality about it. It contains all sorts of republican / Sinn fein materials. Some would certainly regard it a 'propaganda'. The array of leaflets, posters, artefacts and the like is quite impressive. As an Englishman (allbeit with an Irish passport as well) I would certainly hesitate to set foot in such a hotbed of republicanism.
The owner, Tom Mcugh, was fined 500 euro a few years back for some of the more provocative pieces. I couldn't find out the details on the internet but I presume that some pieces would be seen to be encouraging terrorism and attacks on the English.
One piece of particular note was a plate (not the same as the the one pictured) that put together the Cuban revolutionary Che and the hunger striker Bobby Sands. I found it interesting to see how there was an attempt to make an Icon of Bobby, although here is not the place to make any political point about his life.
Just a brief little thing here - but I rather like the mural painted on the outside of Hanley's bar - right in the centre of the town.
It depicts a man holding onto the guttering of the pub whilst he tries to fix the 'I' in Guinness on the pub sign. His mate holding the falling ladder looks a bit worse for wear whereas the Toucan with a pint further along looks perfectly content.
The sign outside the pub also amused me a little. It read : "Pints for pensioners. All pints 3 euro. Offer runs until the government announce the end of the recession". Topical advertising !