Its many accolades include oldest pub in Athy, one of best family pubs in Ireland, and one of the Sunday Tribune's top one hundred pubs in Ireland. Most recently, Frank himself was vividly portrayed in Bill Barich's well-received " A Pint of Plain", which has been reviewed in most of the major international newspapers. But beyond all of this notoriety, "Frank's", as it most commonly known, has been a centre ofKildare history and sports through the four continuous generations of the O’Brien family that have occupied the premises.
Passers-by have included thousands ofemigrants and their offspring from as far afield as The Falkland Islands,Newfoundland, South Africa, Hong Kong and Van Diemen’s Land. In fact, Frank still has his grandfather’s ledger for one way tickets bought on credit for the “ferry” from Cobh to Baltimore back in the 1880s.
O'Brien's Grocery and Bar Emily Square Athy Co.Kildare Ireland Tel. (+353) 59 86 31480 Email email@example.com Copyright Frank O'Brien, 2009, all rights reserved
A Historical Landmark
A shop front that has not changed in one hundred and thirty four years. Where if you look closely you can still see the tie-up loops that themen would tie the reins to park the horse– donkey– and cart, so they could fill up on coal or turf while the wives did their groceries, and later of course, reward themselves with a pint of plain.