10 Merrion Road
Crowes Pub was established in 1906 by Timothy and Catherine Crowe who hailed from Limerick and Tipperary respectively. Their friendship with the legendary Michael Collins and Sean Treacy, who drank in the pub, gave rise to the occasional raid by the Black & Tans. Timothy Crowe was a great GAA man and was on the organising committee which first acquired and then set up Croke Park. In 1920, Timothy Crowe with his son Philip (grandfather and father of David Crowe, the current proprietor) were at the infamous match in Croke Park on Bloody Sunday when many innocent spectators were shot dead by the Black & Tans. It was a lucky escape for an ex-employee of Crowes who was playing that day.
Culture played its part too in the history of Crowes Pub whose patrons counted many literary giants of their day. Poets and playwrights, such as Patrick Kavanagh and Brendan Behan, mingled at the bar while a certain Myles Na Gopaleen alias Flann O’Brien alias Brian O’Nolan was known to have left a vehicle which was not mechanically propelled (namely a car without an engine) outside the pub door in a fiendishly clever plot to out-manoeuvre An Garda Síochana.
Despite the untimely death of his grandfather Timothy in 1926, David’s grandmother, Catherine, continued to manage the pub while at the same time looking after her teenage boys and the whole family lived over the pub. A well-known face in the neighbourhood and loyal to the family, Jack Fennell worked as the pub porter for 49 years until his death in 1968. He was responsible for the pub bottling and labelling its own whiskey, stout and beer. In the early fifties, David’s father, Phil, took over from his grandmother. Phil’s wife, Maura, added home-cooked food to provide a true tavern experience. David and his brother Tim began working in the pub alongside their parents in the late sixties and became an integral part of the business. David, who has now worked in the pub for well over forty years, continues the Crowe tradition of friendly hospitality and is the third generation of the Crowe family to run the pub which is one of the oldest family-owned pubs in the country.
Visit Crowes Pub today and enjoy a hearty welcome with a friendly chat and a trip down memory lane!