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Postby Sinead » Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:44 pm

The man closest to the camera could be ould Jack Byrne, Carpenter.

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Re: The Greatest Dun-Laoghaire-ite of them all

Postby Strum » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:19 pm

Apart from beings Downey's, that is a fantastic photo. I wonder what the banter was about that got the smiles. :D
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Re: The Greatest Dun-Laoghaire-ite of them all

Postby Rocker » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:27 pm

Strum wrote:Apart from beings Downey's, that is a fantastic photo. I wonder what the banter was about that got the smiles. :D


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Re: The Greatest Dun-Laoghaire-ite of them all

Postby Strum » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:33 pm

Rocker wrote:wimmin




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Re: The Greatest Dun-Laoghaire-ite of them all

Postby stillorgan boy » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:39 pm

That picture was taken on the 16th February 1948. The price of a pint at that time was 14d or 6p. The price of the pint then went down the following month in March of 1948 to 11d or 5p. That is probably what they are all smiling about ! !
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Re: The Greatest Dun-Laoghaire-ite of them all

Postby Strum » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:56 pm

stillorgan boy wrote:That picture was taken on the 16th February 1948. The price of a pint at that time was 14d or 6p. The price of the pint then went down the following month in March of 1948 to 11d or 5p. That is probably what they are all smiling about ! !



Wow, why? That was a big drop.
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Postby stillorgan boy » Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:07 pm

Yes it was but not sure why they reduced it Strum. Doesn't happen anymore !
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Re: The Greatest Dun-Laoghaire-ite of them all

Postby stillorgan boy » Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:08 pm

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Re: The Greatest Dun-Laoghaire-ite of them all

Postby Strum » Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:09 pm

stillorgan boy wrote:Yes it was but not sure why they reduced it Strum. Doesn't happen anymore !



That's for sure. Wow great chart there thanks. I remember the 1976, three pints for a quid. thumbright
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Re: The Greatest Dun-Laoghaire-ite of them all

Postby Micheál » Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:23 am

It'll be only a matter of time when a pint will cost over €20.00.
Personally, I'll only give it up when the price exceeds the year.

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Re: The Greatest Dun-Laoghaire-ite of them all

Postby Denis Cromie » Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:35 am

That's a great chart Stillorgan Boy. I remember it at 1/7 and people saying if it ever went up to 2 bob they would give it up. :roll:
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Re: The Greatest Dun-Laoghaire-ite of them all

Postby stillorgan boy » Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:07 pm

Just a thought... Now that the Government is bringing in a minimum price alcohol bill, have they in turn considered a maximum price alcohol bill ? The price of drink can differ vastly, you can pay €5.85 for a pint of Heineken in town and I would imagine more in Temple Bar; compared to €5 a pint in my local. Likewise take out alcohol can differ greatly in price between retailers and off-licences. It shows that the Government, as with most things are not really concerned with health or regulation in regards to alcohol but only filling their coffers! In fact, the Goverment with all their hypocrisy, over taxation, warped policies, silly games, false promises, double standards and lies are probably the main reason the nation drink as much as they do in the first place !....... as I said, just a thought !
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Re: The Greatest Dun-Laoghaire-ite of them all

Postby stillorgan boy » Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:42 pm

Now that I have my little rant out of the way and feeling much better! I would like to refer back to the picture of James Downey engaging with his customers; it reflects the special connection the pub owner had with the punters. This type of relationship is all but non-existent nowadays as many bar owners leave it to others to run the pub while others are owned by companies or groups. The bar owner was important to the punters and they liked to see him present in the pub while they had their drink. Many a bar owner would help out his/her clientele in times of need and we're always very good when one of his/her locals had a family bereavement. In fact back in the day when there were plenty of pubs to choose from for you to wet your whistle, the bar owner was a major consideration in your final choice. Some of the older pubs around are still fortunate enough to have their owners present. Great to see it.
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Re: The Greatest Dun-Laoghaire-ite of them all

Postby Rocker » Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:16 am

I love your rant Stillorgan boy. Exactly how I feel!!
As a young wan myself I never remember those days when the relationship with the bar owner was paramount but remember most people in Blackrock went to Jack O'Rourkes because jack or his wife were always behind the bar and his son and wife took up the mantle.

Over the years the bars became big business and the owners left it to the lowly paid workers to keep the show on the road while they went to Leopardstown races and the like.

McCormacks in Monkstown was always great because the family were always on hand...haven't been there for years.
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Re: The Greatest Dun-Laoghaire-ite of them all

Postby stillorgan boy » Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:00 pm

O'Loughlins and Dunphys in Dun Laoghaire are two pubs that I know the owners are sure to be there and indeed behind the bar. I have seen other pubs such as The Goat, where the owner is there but on the other side of the bar, the customer side. Not drinking mind you but watching everthing and everyone. That has the adverse effect on the punter.
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Re: The Greatest Dun-Laoghaire-ite of them all

Postby Micheál » Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:06 pm

In my local, the owners often drink with some customers.
I hated to see this but I still find it hard to articulate exactly why.

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Re: The Greatest Dun-Laoghaire-ite of them all

Postby jabra » Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:39 pm

The owners will definately be on the premises in O'Loughlins as the live up over it.
As for the goat I would rather not see the owner of that establishment at all. He
is the most obnoxious person I have ever met or spoken to.
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Re: The Greatest Dun-Laoghaire-ite of them all

Postby stillorgan boy » Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:41 pm

I absolutely agree !
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Re: The Greatest Dun-Laoghaire-ite of them all

Postby Sinead » Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:48 pm

Don't know anything about him these days, I came across him many
years ago when he ran a greasy spoon joint in Parnell Square....

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Re: The Greatest Dun-Laoghaire-ite of them all

Postby stillorgan boy » Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:58 am

Was just chatting with the taxi driver coming out from town and he told me he had a man in his taxi earlier coming from Temple Bar where he had just been charged €8.10 for a pint of Guinness in Oliver Gogarty's pub !
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Re: The Greatest Dun-Laoghaire-ite of them all

Postby Holla » Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:11 pm

Sinead wrote:The man closest to the camera could be ould Jack Byrne, Carpenter.

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Well l was thinking one of the men looked very like Mick Byrne carpenter who I'm guessing was Jack's son.
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Re: The Greatest Dun-Laoghaire-ite of them all

Postby Sinead » Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:37 pm

Holla, yes Jack was the father of Larry, Michael and Jackie Byrne - carpenters all.

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Re: The Greatest Dun-Laoghaire-ite of them all

Postby Denis Cromie » Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:52 pm

The Byrnes weren't just good carpenters they were great singers as well. Jackie had a real crooners voice and Michael could sing and dance with the best of them. Great people,not sure if that's the Dad in the Downey's photo though but then I was very young when he died. The mother was a beautiful woman with long red hair, as I remember.
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Re: The Greatest Dun-Laoghaire-ite of them all

Postby jabra » Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:18 pm

The father died suddeny on a christmas day leaving his son's (Micks house) in St. Kevin's Villas in the noggin
after having his dinner there.Can't remember the year.
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Re: The Greatest Dun-Laoghaire-ite of them all

Postby skins » Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:38 pm

Denis Cromie wrote:The Byrnes weren't just good carpenters they were great singers as well. Jackie had a real crooners voice and Michael could sing and dance with the best of them. Great people,not sure if that's the Dad in the Downey's photo though but then I was very young when he died. The mother was a beautiful woman with long red hair, as I remember.


That doesn't look like Jack to me either, Denis. And you're right about the Mother, a good-looking, very gentle woman. Can't remember her name....was it Evelyn, or maybe that was one of the daughters. The oul' memory is fading, I don't recall Jack's death on a Christmas Day either. O f course I could have been away at the time. I wonder if any of the family are members on here, or on Facebook?
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