"You know the film, The Commitments? Rob Strong's son is a actor in it," says the shy lady who owns the Cool totally International and Cosmopolitan Bar named The Field Pub in Kilkenny, Ireland. Her name is Sally Ann and her husband is John. The have a New York and Kilkenny connection and have such a cool collection of Sports and Movie paraphernalia in their Pub it is amazing. "Rob Strong" is the resident musician here on Tuesday nights. I say, really? O wow that is cool. I loved that movie the commitments. "Here is Babe Ruth's transfer papers from 1919 when he left the Boston Red Sox and signed the contract for 25,000.00 American Dollars which was incredible in this period." she says as she shows me the weathered letter on the wall. The entire Pub has floor to ceiling Micheal Jordans and Hurling Champions combined. "And we have the largest Hurley hanging over the Bartenders!" she says!
Sally introduces me to her husband who tells me a little bit about the famous ghost that haunts the Pub. "She is said to have been poisoned when the Queen learned of her husband's mistress living above the Pub secretly. The King James lived in the castle and used to visit her upstairs in the Pub and when the Queen learned about his mistress she had a local lady named Jane Pennyfeather poison her. Two months later Jane Pennyfeather was found dead in the alley late at night. When the Queen didn't like you you didn't live long in these days." he said.
"In addition to the great ghosts, we have wonderful music everyday from 18:00pm to 20:30pm everynight called the Wrong Direction Band. And we have starting on Wednesday live music everyday from 3:00pm til we close. WE are definitely the Music Pub in the town." he says. Located right on HighStreet across from Rive Gauche, 056-7 70 27 63
Her two little twins run in with Hurley sticks and they join in the tour around the Pub. It is definitely a family pub! Ian and Scott is the twin's names. Their favorite sports figures? "TJ ried and DJ Carey." they write in my book and I say that I hope they become famous and I can say I have their autographs in about 20 years!
"Late at night she haunts the Pub. One night me and some guests were sitting here drinking with the bartender. All of a sudden four glasses raised from the shelf, suspended in the air and fell onto the floor. All of us saw that and just stared in awe at what was happening. It wasn't like they tipped over and fell off the shelf...they literally lifted up and fell onto the floor. Another night the back door opened and we ran outside after whoever and saw a lady in lilac dress, which the haunted lady used to wear, drifting down the alley and around the corner.She had long black hair floating around her back." he says. The bartender James says, "That happens all the time. The guests say when they walk up the stairs you can feel a hand on your arm as if grabbing you. Many times the guests tell us that. Come tonight and see if something happens. We have the paranormal people asking if they can come and see if a ghost's presence is here." he says. And of course me who loves ghosts is coming. The staff and team are wonderful and remembered my name and what I had as a pint the night before...um! That is both a wonderful thing and a bad thing! Please come meet these wonderful people, have some pints, eat the great Irish food, visit the upstairs Medieval Castle Dining rooms, and maybe have a surprise free dinner theater named Finnegan's Wake while you eat. Yes...free!
The cool sports memorabilia on the walls of The Field, Kilkenny
Below the famous Cafe Sol in Kilkenny has fine dining that has ebbed and flowed with the years yet the original high quality concept remains. Located at Kilkenny William St. 05 67 76 49 87.
Below the Amazingly Beautiful RIVE GAUCHE in Kilkenny, a 4 level wonder of beauty, bars, cocktail lounges, outdoor Jimmy Buffet Style tiki Bars, and a Nightclub on the top level on Saturdays. "It is just too big to open the upstairs except on Saturdays," says the wonderfully friendly Peter who manages RIVE GAUCHE.
With Glitzy Atmosphere, Swanky Deep Dark Rooms and Fashion Shoots, "RIVE GAUCHE is the Place to be in Ireland on a Friday and Saturday," says Peter, "Tourists come yet you would be amazed how many people from Ireland come here from everywhere to party at RIVE GAUCHE." he says.
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"The menu is inspired by food that’s foraged, farmed and fished from the rugged coast of Ireland and includes a wide selection of dishes where the emphasis is on fresh produce while focusing on the seasons. " says their website. "Me personally I find it very French." says Peter.
The bartending team tells me the cocktails are the best in Kilkenny! I believe the team.
"We love the tour groups that come in during the lunch hours yet we seriously need more tourists coming here to have dinner and cocktails at night. For instance the weekend of June 3 to June 5 we have the world's largest Comedy Festival named the CAT Laughs! You should definitely let the readers know about that. Every place is booked and every venue that allows live music has the shows. We are probably going to be crazily insanely full on these days. It is a good time for the tourists to come and meet elbow to elbow the Irish people and to mix each other's humor!" he says laughing.
The Parade, Kilkenny (056) 7 7 7 5604