If it came to the point when I had one meal left to eat in life, I would always without question pick a full Fried breakfast.
I rarely seem to be able to find a cafe that can put one together that meats my exacting requirements, but this one came pretty close.
The homemade soda bread that accompanied meal was a particular winner.
Clean and bright interior, friendly staff, good for a morning re-fuel on the main road.
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Peter's pub at the Northern end of the village has had the 'modern pub' makeover. it's all leather couches, soft lighting and hardwood floors.
Something thankfully don't change - the Guinness is still sound and the toilet area has an interesting aroma of burnt apple and cinnamon crumble (I kid you not)
Good crowd and mix of people
If there is one thing I cannot stand is twee gift shops selling complete tat that is all made in some Chinese sweatshop anyway.
I'm glad to say that this place is nothing like that. It features a few leading Irish brands such a Galway crystal and Newbridge silver, together with pottery designers such as Nicholas Mosse (who my wife who knows about such things say is superb). I prefereed the sculptured pieces of the "Black Bog Collection".
So, good quality stuff at fair prices because the place tends to sell to locals rather than tourists.Related to:
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I've put this recommendation under gifts, but the main stock-in-trade of this forge is producing ornamenral gates and the like to order.
The extensive showroom is worth a look if you are passing through on the main road, although many of the product on sale are bought in from elsewhere. You will find everything from simple gift items to whole lamposts for sale.
They have been going since 1845.Related to:
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Dunshaughlin Off The Beaten Path
At the Southern end of the village (Dublin direction) you will find a church on the main road.
The church has now been converted for use as the local Library, but outside the door stands a reminder of famine times.
A large iron cauldron is suspended on a kind of tripod. It dates from the late 1840's, as the mainstay of a soup kitchen which was set up to try and combat the effects of the potato famine at the time.
The picture I have used is from elsewhere, but shows what a 'soup kitchen ' would have looked like. Despite these limited efforts, it is worth remembering that somewhere between 750,000 and one million people died in those awful times.Related to:
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